In a world full of mass production, Nylund stands out. With a focus on using traditional leather crafting techniques, designer Eleisha Nylund handmakes beautiful pieces that are timeless, durable and functional. We had a chat to Eleisha about her journey and inspirations, and got a sneaky hint at an exciting new collaboration to be launched at Bowerbird!
1. For those who don’t know, how would you describe your work?
‘Nylund’ is handcrafted leather goods. My work combines traditional leather crafting techniques with modern technology, to produce durable and timeless pieces that hone the beauty and quality of the handmade which has been lost through mass production. They are designed and built to become part of your story and bear the signs of a life alongside of you. ‘Nylund’ is defined by functionality, durability, traditional craft and customization.
2. How did your journey begin? Who or what inspired you to work in your field?
I have been working in leather for a little over 5 years. I was drawn to it because of its raw, natural, and unpredictable nature. I had been a jeweller for 8 years prior and was looking for a medium that was warmer and completely different to what I had become used to working in.
I learnt the basic skills to leather craft from one of my jewellery students, who did leather craft as a hobby. One weekend we sat around his workbench and he taught me how to saddle-stitch and the basics of working with vegetable-tanned leather. Since then it has been experimentation and much practice.
‘Nylund’ has only been ‘Nylund’ for about eighteen months, prior to this my brand was known as ‘chocolate brownie’. The rebrand occurred because I was seeking a visual identity that aligned more with my product, something more sexy and masculine. I also wanted a brand that will allow me to expand my product line beyond just leather goods.
3. What’s a typical day like for you?
There are two constants about my days… coffee and studio location. My day always begins with coffee from some of my favourite humans. My studio is in Brisbane city, hidden away in a beautiful old building from the 1920s. Once I’ve made my way there, how my day unfolds is very project based.
4. Which other designers are you looking forward to seeing at Bowerbird?
Marit Hammer, I’m currently studying gemology so am pretty keen to see the crystals. Alfie and Audrey, I love vintage Danish furniture!
5. What’s your favourite piece of your own work that will be available at Bowerbird?
Oooo that is a tough one! I love my briefcase and duffle, I think they’re incredibly sexy. But I’m also falling for another piece, which is a collaborative effort between me and my bestie, who is a ceramist… I’m going to keep this piece under wrap until the market though.
6. What advice would you give other aspiring artists and designers?
Just keep swimming.