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Leather stamping workshop with Mingei International Museum

On a sunny Saturday morning outside Liberty Station’s Cafe Mingei shop, you can hear rhythmic whacks and taps through the windows. 


“I loved this class so much. You were very informative about the leather, tools, and procedures. The best part is I have a leather book which was handmade by ME! THANK YOU for teaching and Mingei Museum for hosting.”


 “At Mingei you’ll find an inviting, fresh and always engaging look at a diverse range of thoughtfully designed, carefully crafted and passionately made objects from around the world, created by artists and craftspeople for everyday use.” from Mingei’s website.


We were honored to be invited to host a leather stamping workshop with Mingei members and community patrons. Our students spent a couple hours learning about leather and different techniques on how to tool leather with stamps and swivel knives. Everyone made a leather-bound journal that they personalized and hand stitched together. Time went by quickly and before we knew it the workshop was over!

We loved having the chance to work with Mingei and we’d jump at a chance to work with them again. Our visions are similar, share the joy of “making, by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit.” Thank you, Mingei for inviting Extraordinary Kits to share the power of using craft as therapy and bring appreciation for locally handcrafted goods to the San Diego community.