Spotlight on Geoff Odgers

“I used to go to craft fairs as a caterer, and now I’m there selling my work. I’ve always been interested in art and creativity, and I’ve dabbled with a few things but this has really taken off. I’m delighted to be taking part in Devon Open Studios this year, when I’ll have chance to meet visitors and chat to them about my work.”

Former Chef Geoff Odgers will be demonstrating his newfound talent for leather-working during Devon Open Studios this year.

Geoff creates bottle holders, laptop sleeves, journals and leather aprons using upcycled items and pieces of leather that would otherwise be thrown away.

Inspired by a bookbinding course he attended, he used his time in lockdown to develop new talents, starting with making personalised gifts for family and friends.

Geoff is one of the artists all over Devon will be throwing open their doors and inviting people to look behind the scenes of an artist’s studio.

Geoff said:
“During lockdown, I needed something to keep me busy. Working with leather has been constructive – it’s physical as well as cerebral. Instead of worrying about covid and other things, I’ve been thinking about how many stitches per inch or which colours combine well.

“I was amazed how much leather is thrown away, and now I’m able to re-use some of it to make this slightly quirky range I’ve developed. As a chef, I was very fussy about aprons, and now I’ve made lots of them out of leather. Some of the things I’ve created have been inspired by the pandemic situation – I’ve made water bottle holders and mask pouches.

Geoff is at Venue 112 in Teignbridge.