Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Iseabal Hendry is inspired by the traditional craft skills that she grew up with, from basket-weaving to boatbuilding to roof-thatching.
Her handwoven leatherwork is a labour of love; a time-consuming process that is meditative in its intricacy. Both Iseabal’s practice and her life in the Highlands are acts of slowing down and taking a step back from day-to-day life.
Working by hand also gives Iseabal a deep understanding of her materials. The organic process of vegetable tanning leather results in a unique patina which changes over time, dependent on how it’s handled. This ever-changing quality mirrors her landscape in the Scottish Highlands, which continually transforms with the shifting light.
Iseabal’s practice originated from a desire for zero-waste. By weaving very thin strips of leather with cotton, she can make use of the entire hide with almost no wastage. Iseabal sources all of her materials within Europe, and some even closer to home in Scotland. Sourcing locally not only ensures a lower carbon footprint, but also a better knowledge of her supply chain and those within it.
Iseabal’s work weaves together environmental values, a modern aesthetic based on time-honoured techniques and materials, with the landscape that continually inspires her to make.
Glasgow School of Art 2012 – 2016: BA (Hons) Textile Design 2:1
Cardonald College 2011 - 2012 – Portfolio Preparation
Exhibitions and Awards:
Crafts Council, Rising Stars: 10 makers to watch in 2022
Crafts Council x Crafting Europe, 'Crafting Business', 5 month mentoring programme, 2021
An Talla Solais, ' Teaghlach' Group Exhibition, 2021
An Talla Solais, Members Exhibition, 2021
Creative Scotland x Crowdfunder, one of only 3 finalists to secure full match funding by Creative Scotland after successfully running a public fundraising campaign of over £18000 for my launch collection, 2020
RBS, Back Her Business, selected for RBS business initiative, 2020
Craft Council Directory, full member, 2020
Craft Scotland Directory, full member, 2020
UKFT Rise, member, 2020
Leather UK, affiliate member, 2020
Scottish Artists Union, member, 2020
Craft Scotland, Next Generation, selected to take part in the inaugural Compass Next Generation programme, 2019
Lochalsh Arts Fair 2018, leatherwork and upholstery work
Trendease International, Innovation Platform 2017, leatherwork exhibited in Brussels
Incorporation of Skinners & Glovers, lifetime membership award, 2017
Incorporation of Skinners and Glovers, 500th Anniversary Award, 2016
Muirhead Leather, Graduate Collection Sponsorship, 2016
Bridge of Weir Leather, Commended Award for Sustainable Design, 2014
Traditional Boatbuilding Course, Plockton High School, 2010-2011