ACHF Arts Access
Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities.
I was able to work with St Paul leather goods company J. W. Hulme, they allowed me to have an apprenticeship with their designers and artisans. They helped me learn quite a bit about leather, leather working tools, and what can and can't be done with the material. I was able to explore the material and sought to combine it with my work, and ultimately I was able to learn what limitations leather held for me and when and where I could use it in my work. Without the time to experiment I never could have found this out. I evaluate this based on skills learned and on the work produced. Leatherworking is a heritage skill and the chance to keep something alive in our culture and history has real value to all of us.