• Around the Studio

    Posted: Apr 22 2020

    Here are some photos taken in my studio in Merrickville. Cutting dies, this machine is like a big cookie cutter that I use to cut pieces to make my bags. It's very loud that's why I have the ear protectors, then I have to turn the music way up. An old Singer Sewing machine that's probably around 80 years old and still works perfectly every day.  A batch of Morgan and Joyce bags that I have finished.    
  • Rowland Leather Celebrates 40 Years

    Posted: Oct 20 2014

  • An Exercise of the Imagination - Birdhouses

    Posted: May 15 2014

    In 1996, there was a birdhouse competition at the juried One Of A Kind craft show held each April in Toronto. My first birdhouse, made entirely out of leather and findings I use to make my bags, won one of the prizes at that competition. I've always wanted to do a series of birdhouses, so this year, during the always quiet month of January after the busy Christmas season, I did just that. By spending a few days devoted to the project of designing and building bird houses, I was able to creatively exercise my imagination.      
  • Visit to Ausonia Tannery

    Posted: Apr 02 2012

      Rowland Leather Trip to Italy Ausonia Tannery On my recent trip to Italy I visited the Ausonia Tannery in Santa Croce sull’Arno near Florence. Rowland Leather has been buying leather from this tannery for about eight years now. Travelling by train through parts of Florence and Tuscany, I arrived at the station in San Romano. I was warmly greeted by Maurizio, the gentleman I have been dealing with at Ausonia over the years. The tannery is a beautiful, state-of-the-art, computerized complex. With Maurizio as a tour guide, I learned how Ausonia processes the raw leather they purchase from France. These leathers are organic products, easy to recycle. As well as supplying Rowland Leather, Ausonia supplies leather to the world’s top designers at Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton. Before leaving Ausonia, I sat down with Maurizio to select and custom-order the beautiful leather. This leather has now arrived and I'm...
  • Trip to Iqaluit

    Posted: Jan 04 2012

    In 2011, Rowena House, executive director of the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA), walked into Rowland Leather in Merrickville. She was extremely impressed with the quality of the work being done by local designer/craftsman, Michael Rowland. She wondered if it might be possible to entice him to share his expertise with talented seamstresses in Nunavut. NACA promotes the growth and appreciation of Nunavut artists, and the production of their arts and crafts. And so it began… The next twelve months saw negotiations and preparation. Michael started experimenting with some of the arctic leathers and found them to be quite amenable to the tricks of his trade. A workshop was planned for mid February to take place in Arviat on the west coast of Hudson’s Bay. The weather, however, did not co-operate so the workshop was postponed and rescheduled to take place in Iqaluit. Finally, in Sept 2011 Michael had the opportunity...

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