Even though I love fashion and crafts, I never really expected to be a full-time leatherworker. It all kind of started on a whim: I got a leather tote bag from my husband as a gift. And I was so enamored by this beautiful, handmade object that I signed up for a weekend workshop to make my own. I got there, and the instructor just so happened to be the woman who’d made my bag! I became obsessed with leatherworking right away. I started doing it as a hobby, then started posting pictures, and then people started commenting, like, “I want one!” So, eventually, I went all-in and invested in this industrial sewing machine and all the serious tools to do this full-time.