Handmade welcomes a true craftsman to the market on March 18 & 19. Tom Farrah is a designer of functional, achingly beautiful and considered leather pieces that you will definitely be adding to your wishlist. Tom’s theory is that “It’s about going back to the material and thinking about how much of the design problem it’s capable of solving, which turns out to be far more than we usually think.” The Farrah range of wallets, belts, bags and accessories will be on display at the market so you can see the quality for yourselves.
Tell us about your business
I guess the easiest way to explain my products is “heavy duty luxury”. Working predominantly with leather and Australian made canvas, I always try to pull the most functionality and durability out of the materials through design. Methods like counter sunk stitching (to stop seams from ever wearing down) and wet moulding of leather are common in my work. Its a constant drive to achieve simplicity without compromising on functionality or quality.
What made you apply to the Handmade Market?
I have heard great stuff about Handmade Canberra from another leather worker from Melbourne, Sarah Van Oosterom, and so I thought I would come up and check it out, I love the point of difference it has from some of the other “design markets”.
What are you looking forward to most about your trip to Canberra?
I used to work on a property in Yass many years ago so I have been in the area before, I love the terrain and bush around Canberra, it has it’s own charm. I also love the war memorial, its an incredible space.