A leather craftsman for 45 years, Chris Chapman has spent much of her career involved in historical research and reproduction work dating back to 16th century European leatherwork, clothing and artifacts. In the 70’s & 80’s she also created museum quality reproductions of Native American garments and artifacts, including bead and quill work.
“After the birth of my daughter in 1991, I began focusing my collective talents and knowledge on the creation of what I now call Architectural Leatherwork. My leather bonded furniture, architectural elements and home accessories are produced on a visual scale previously not seen in the past. I have also developed a deep, 3-D, high relief technique that makes the leather look like hand carved wood”.
“I love collaborating with my clients to make their dream homes a reality. The leather element adds warmth, texture, and richness to any environment”.
From enormous armoires and tables to mirrors, doors, cabinetry and bars, my work and design brings a fresh perspective to the medium. I find the leather incredibly versatile in that I can adapt it to nearly any time period, style and design from Victorian, Western and Spanish Territorial, to Old English, Black Forest, and contemporary”.
Chris’ custom work is placed in high end homes and ranches throughout the West, from Aspen/Vail, Reno, California, to Jackson Hole & Big Sky, as well as Texas, Dubai and Manhattan.
She lives in the Colorado Rocky Mts. with a great little dog & cat, and her horses Woody & Skye. “The love of the land, horses, blacksmithing, history and art comes from my Scottish ancestors. It is in my DNA”.