Mark Jones is a professional Leather Craftsman and Designer.
He says: “What began as a high school hobby for pocket money became my occupation. In the late 80s after my first foray with a shop in Newcastle, I moved to Sydney, studying Shoemaking and Art/Drawing to extend my knowledge , then re-launching my work with all new designs.”
Mark was one of the first to be awarded a “Craftmark” by the Craft Council of Australia. Through their promotion and events he also sent work to German Design Fairs. Then on to the San Francisco Gift Fair for three years, becoming involved too in placing other craft practitioners in US trade shows.
Mark set up a joint venture with Austrade between 2000 and 2004. In 2005 researching trade shows in Europe, he continued with design studies in Italy.
He had a purpose designed studio and office built in 2006.
Mark adds: “My involvement with the wonderful T’Arts Co-operative Gallery in Adelaide with its emphasis on creativity, and the exciting period of Leather Design we are in keeps me stimulated, producing new designs and keeping a busy production schedule.”