Last week I visited Pergamena, a leather tannery in Montgomery, NY. Most of the vegetable-tanned leathers they produce are for bookbinders, where a major concern is acid-free archival quality material. This photo shows soft and flexible soling material for bowling shoes — the “nap” of the leather is finished to run one way, so that you can slide right into your bowling lane.
At just over two hours away by car, I am fairly sure this is the closest leather tannery to my studio in Holyoke. If you had asked me six months ago, I would have said there were *no* tanneries at all close to me.…
It is nice to remember warmer times at this, the coldest and bleakest time of the year in New England! Here are some photos from last year’s show in Holyoke at the Paper City Studios gallery.
I am late for work, Jesse Moore
Heartbroke Lovestruck, Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse