Artist Chantal Cordey
Artist Chantal Cordey
am an artist and professional leatherworker. I am self taught and I started
working with leather in 1976 whilst I travelled around the world from
Europe. It kept me alive and on the move, selling my wares where ever
I settled for a bit along the way. I did that for 3 years mostly through
Nepal and Greece and the travelling in between
Eventually the road took me to Australia where I arrived in 1978. In those
first few years I lived in the country by the wonderful Hawkesbury river
just out of Sydney. Mark Twain apparently once said that it reminded him
of the mighty Mississippi. During that time I sold my leatherwork at one
of the city markets once a week.
In 1984 I moved to Sydney and got my first big break working for the then
thriving film industry. Having sold a mask anonymously through a shop
a couple of years earlier that was used on Mad Max 2 and finished up on
all the promo posters. I finally managed to make contact with the costume
designer. The timing was right and I was employed straight away to work
on Mad Max 3. From then on I was in and worked some 20 odd years making
costumes and props on many films, some of them well known other not so.
In 2006 I decided to get out of the film industry and do my own things,
making guitar straps and selling them through my own website to the world.
Its been a most enjoyable and fulfilling ride. I love my often amusing
and quirky clients. Its just great for me to be able to communicate with
other artists and their music through my work. :-). Its about passion
and dedication, makes a world of difference. Its da best .
In between all this I have worn many other hats to make a buck. I have
taught leatherwork in the local prison and at evening colleges for a number
of years. I also restored Pacific Art (woven objects) for some well known
Sydney art dealers for many years and still do very occasionally. Played
around making paper macher furniture, made masks out of the same material
for films and wrote a few "how to" craft articles for magazines.
At this stage of my life its all down to making guitar straps.
Thank you for reading this far.
Private commission are welcome
made leather Guitar and Bass Straps Unique and Numbered
All enquiries welcome
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