The Fifth Quarter – Land, Leather, and Design

Partner Programme

20 Sep 2022

Multi-Disciplinary Design, Fashion & Textiles, Materials, Education

Rochelle School

Arnold Circus

16 Playground Gardens


E2 7FA

As part of the exhibit “Leather from British Pastures”, this talk will explore connections between material culture and agriculture through the story of Grady + Robinson’s leather made from cattle raised on regenerative farms in the UK. Speakers will share perspectives from farming, design, and leather production.

As part of Grady + Robinson’s exhibit “Leather from British Pastures” (a display of objects, material, and imagery connecting leather with regenerative farming), this talk will explore links between material culture and exemplary agriculture. The “fifth quarter” refers to all the bits an animal yields beyond its meat, including the hide, bones, and organs. Considering the care and resources that regenerative farmers invest in their livestock, hides are a valuable part of the herd. This talk will explore how leather can be a link to regenerative practices that improve the welfare of animals, ecosystems, and communities. Grady + Robinson are producing a new supply of leather made from cattle raised on regenerative farms in the UK. They will describe their approach of creating new production networks, exploring the challenges and opportunities of their venture. They will be joined by Jimmy Woodrow of Pasture for Life, who will describe the benefits of regenerative farming practices; and Jack Millington of Billy Tannery who will expand on his work forging new connections from farm to finished leather. Made possible with support from the Leathersellers’ Company and Rochelle School.