Hi, my name is Kerry Moncrieff. I have a one man leather studio in which I create historically inspired leather goods such as sporran, purses, guitar straps, as well as other leather items. Many of my works are embellished with hand tooled designs I created, which are inspired by Celtic imagery. I enjoy being able to interact with other Artisans around the world who are also interested in Celtic imagery. My work can be found online via moncrieffleathers.com, and on Facebook and Instagram. It’s inspiring to have access to wonderful resources such as this!
This sporran is an example of a design of my own creation, inspired by the Celtic knotwork of George Bain, as well as the work of other such brilliant artists as Alan Lee. The dragon design is hand tooled into a 5 oz. vegi tanned cowhide, which was then hand dyed. The front piece is also embellished with a two loop Spanish lace. Although the design is based on classic elements of Celtic knotwork, this piece, I think, reflects less traditional line spacing and has more organic flow.
The overall form of the sporran is derived from the classic Hunting Style Sporrans of the 19th & 20th Centuries.
This is one of my first attempts of hand tooling an intricate Celtic design in leather, so I used an open source design for the piece. I was quite happy with outcome! I have since progressed to using design patterns which I have created, using original source Celtic designs as inspiration. This sporran is all hand cut, hand sewn, hand dyed, and hand tooled.
This is a bit abstract in the Craftsman style of the early 20th Century, but the inspiration is directly influenced by the Celtic knotwork. The flap has a Celtic knotwork pattern that consists of a combination of cutouts and and stamping which visually provide the knotwork impression. The flap is hand cut, stamped and dyed from vegi tanned cowhide. The backing leather is a soft “Skye Blue”, a color inspired by a trip the the Isle of Skye.
The form of the sporran is in the “Rob Roy” style. The tassels are embellished with Turks Head knots, which also highlights the idea of Celtic knotwork.
This sporran can be worn as a belt bag, or on its own sporran belt, or even with a shoulder strap as a purse.