This month’s featured artist is the person behind Ayat Leather. Meet Chux Sagun, the woman behind the fragrant leather goodies.
Featured Artist of the Month: Chux Sagun
Everyone, meet Nadine “Chux” Sagun. She and I met through the self-care event at The Office Project a while back. We were both introduced by mutual friends. In a snap, we got talking about arts and crafts. She’s into leather crafting and writing. Both are such beautiful activities to do.
Getting To Know Chux
What made you start with this craft?
I’ve always been in love with leather. There’s something about leather that brings me back to my childhood when afternoons were spent at my Lolo’s office. Back then he had a leather chair I might have been destined to sleep in every single day.
Leather is just timeless.
How long have you been doing this craft?
Formally, just about a year.
Why did you pursue it?
I’ve been collecting leather stuff but I don’t feel like they were meeting my travel needs so I decided to design and make leather pieces that I would take with me when I travel.
Did you have struggles in pursuing the craft? If yes, could share it with us, please?
Pricing was, is and I think will always be a struggle simply because Math and I have been long-time enemies. So my brother decided to make a formula for me but I still bug him to do the actual pricing.
Also, with synthetic and machine-made products, I find it hard to educate some people about the quality they get out of authentic leather and the beauty of the process of making my products by hand. In a time when everything’s just taken in a rush, it’s hard to find people who still appreciate the slow, long hard process of handmade stuff.
Not really a quote but more like a mantra.
Keep growing and Protect your passion
What keeps are you doing the craft?
Meeting new people and learning a different culture every time I travel inspires me to make my pieces. Each piece really has a “wonderful” story behind it.
Top 3 favorite tools?
- Stitching pony
- Double face mallet
- Letter punch stamp
If you are to share your tips and tricks with newbies, what would those be?
- Be resourceful because most tools are expensive but if you have a creative mind, things at home can be tools, too.
- Meet people and assess their needs.
If you were to describe the craft in three words, what will those be?
Process over product
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Ayat means “love” in Ilocano. Ilocano is a dialect or language in the Philippines.