Doe Leather

Hand Painted Notebook and Bridle Leather Cover


A limited-edition collection of bridle leather folios, holding hand painted notebooks, is the product of an inspired collaboration between Deborah Thomas of Doe Leather and fine artist Charlie Lee Potter.

These pieces have to be held to be truly appreciated - the luxurious deep chocolate bridle leather lined with individual vintage prints from Deborah's family archive of tannery swatch books, marrying with the inky wash of Charlie's painting. Each notebook has been carefully matched to Doe archive print with Sennelier ink that she has applied in evocative brush strokes onto BFK Rives Cotton paper. The notebook is then hand stitched using linen thread.

Deborah draws on family heritage with everything she designs and creates. Her great, great grandfather's Northampton tannery and the rich archive are an ever-present inspiration. The tannery sadly closed in the early 2000s but Deborah and her father went on a mission to rescue the swatch books that dated back to the 1920s. Realising they could have another lease of life, Deborah now uses these original swatches for Doe and combines them with the highest quality bridle hide produced in Britain.


Height: 24cm

Width: 16.5cm


Dr Charlie Lee Potter PhD, is a highly regarded journalist, author, documentary maker and broadcaster. She is also a painter, printmaker and lecturer in English Literature at Oxford. Charlie's work explores the way folds, pleats and overlaps can be expressive of landscape and its layers of history.

'What lies beneath the surface, where does the shadow fall, what is hidden behind the bark of a tree? Each page of my folded book structures replicates the length of a footstep, I imagine that the viewer walks alongside my work literally and figuratively'-  Charlie Lee Potter.


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The Merchant’s Table
10 Church Street
Suffolk IP12 1DH

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Doe Leather

Founded in Suffolk by Deborah Thomas in 2013, Doe focuses on one simple thing: making covetable leather bags and accessories using the best materials and most skilled craftspeople. Working with a traditional family run factory in the West Midlands, Doe are committed to retaining their British heritage and can guarantee that ‘Made in England’ means just that.
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