Recognized for its durability and aesthetics, the saddle stitch has been widespread since the XIIIth century, particularly in saddle making. Executed manually, this technique allows the exploration of various leather qualities through this workshop. Passionate about the equestrian world, Marion Guégan will impart this skill.
By the end of the training, the participant will have acquired:
The saddle stitch, that slightly slanted and highly aesthetic seam, has built the reputation of prestigious French luxury houses through leather goods that are both beautiful and sturdy.
The training provides the learning of this entirely manual and age-old leather stitching technique.
It allows the discovery of the qualities of such a noble and durable raw material, teaches how to choose leather based on the item to be made, and mastery of basic gestures and minimal tools to gain sufficient autonomy to set up one’s own workshop and work from home, even in a small space.
One of the main, but not exclusive, objectives is to learn to create a template with symmetry axis and all the other necessary steps for the creation of a fully hand-sewn leather item.
Throughout this immersive training, each participant will have the unique opportunity to acquire basic skills in the ancestral technique of hand-sewing leather.
Marion Guégan was, until recently, a project manager in the field of information technology. It was through a professional restructuring that she seized the opportunity for a career change, with the desire to bring meaning back into her life by reconnecting with her passions.
With an initial background in art history and drawing, a love for the world of horses in general, and active participation in horseback riding, combined with a lifelong attraction to manual craftsmanship, it was only natural for her to gravitate toward leatherworking. This demanding and technical artisanal profession resonated with her due to its use of noble materials, precise techniques, the creation of unique or small batch models, and a focus on quality finishing, which demands attention to detail and perfectionism.
She received her training from the best in the field, including Muriel Rochetti-Davant in Semur en Auxois, and honed her skills at IFCE Haras du Pin. In 2019, she earned her CAP in saddlery and harness-making and promptly established the Art Workshop POLARIS in Neuvy-Sautour, at the doorstep of the Pays d'Othe in the northern Burgundy region. There, she offers hand-stitched, high-quality leather articles crafted in the saddle stitching style.