ADDRESS Interview with Christina Yang of Muse Element.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I make timeless vegetable tanned leather goods that only get better with age. Starting from a full grain hide using traditional methods without machines. All pieces are cut from a paper pattern, saddle stitched and hand burnished.
Describe your creative process. I always start with daily use items and work on how to make it timeless and long-lasting. Test run prototypes with leather, wear-test to identify adjustments needed. Since there’s always room for improvements, individual items may vary.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I am a big fan of day dreaming and zoning out. To get creative juices flowing, I usually find furniture, interior design, architecture, and jewelry to be pretty inspiring. I’ll do problem solving with notebook sketches and miniature paper prototypes. Of course there are days that I just free style and let the leather become what it wishes to be.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? What I’ve learned so far… Be patient, never stop learning, and always keep trying. Appreciate and enjoy every process, as it will help you learn about yourself and your passion.
What’s your dream project? Co-opting a maker space for all types of artisan disciplines from leather craft to specialty coffee. A space for makers to collaborate and promote their goods. There I can utilize all various craft skills I have into one project. Maybe a handcrafted bag accented with artisan hardware, comfortable enough for daily use with a style that stands the test of time.
What design trends are you excited about? The slow fashion movement has really caught my eye, bringing attention to timeless looks using long lasting, natural materials. Minimalistic designs in all everyday objects that surrounds us.