IDCEC CEU# CEU-107622
Learning Level: Intermediate
Subject Code: 5. Technical knowledge 16. Textiles
0.1 hr credit
AIA CEU# CES409119434
Leather has been around since the dawn of humankind and ranks up there with fire as a key catalyst for human progress. It has sheltered, protected, transported and even fed mankind, playing a vital role in our early existence. It really is the fabric of life in so many ways: from the tradition of the 3rd wedding anniversary to American football, baseball and the black leather jacket, leather is all around us.
All leather is not created equal. In this guide to leather finishes, designers will learn how leather is made and the finish types that differentiate them. Designers will leave with an understanding of how to better specify leather for design projects.
Lesson 1: The Leather Making Process
Leather Making is the process of converting perishable animal hides into leather.
Hides and skins make their way through four general operations before becoming finished leather. In order to understand leather in its entirety, we must learn the process of producing leather.
Lesson 2: Grain
In this lesson, we will explore the differences between Full Grain and Corrected Grain to understand what separates the two. In addition, we will clarify the term, Top Grain – one of the most confusing terms in our industry.
Lesson 3: Leather Types
Confusion often lies in the different types of leather. Leather finishes are what separates leather types. Here we will highlight the unique and distinctive characteristics of all types of leather and what sets them apart.
Lesson 4: FAQ
In the last segment, we will review frequently asked questions. Some of the most common questions are: Where do the hides for leather come from? What is aniline? How do I care for leather? How do I remove scratches from my leather?