Last August I met Megan Spencer in Gladstone. She came along to the CQ Shopfront Meet Up and unpacked a box of amazing handmade and hand carved leather goods that stunned us all. A very talented and prolific artist that I can't wait to see evolve her business.
How did you get started in your art practice?
My business is SPE Branded Leather. I make leather goods from horse gear, belts, bags, wallets and all things in between. Quality, long lasting items to use and enjoy every day. My family had a cattle property where we made our own horse gear using tools passed down the generations. This is where my interest in leatherwork started. In 2013 I had the opportunity to devote more time to the craft and have gradually added to my skill set through practice and attending workshops.
What is the business model and products that you are aiming to develop through participating in the CQ Shopfront project?
My aim is to develop a base line of products and have them available online through my website. Some examples included in the base range will be classic hand stitched belts, ladies zip around wallets and my original design wet moulded bottom bag, both with Gum Leaf carving. The CQ Shopfront training is teaching me the skills to develop a business model to help achieve this.
What dreams do you have for the future of your practice?
For my brand to develop into an identifiable style and be known for making a quality product that brings years of service and enjoyment.