Mark Jones is a professional leather craftsman and designer. What was a high school hobby for pocket money became his occupation.
In the late 80’s after his foray with a successful shop in Newcastle, Mark moved to Sydney. He studied shoemaking at Sydney TAFE and Art/Drawing at East Sydney Tech before re-launching his work with all new designs.
He was one of the first awarded a “Craftmark” by the Craft Council of Australia and went on though their events and promotion to send work to German Design Fairs and go with his work to the San Francisco Gift Fair. He became instrumental in placing other Craftspeople into U.S trade shows, setting up a joint venture with Austrade between 2000 and 2004.
In 2005 researching trade show in Europe he continued his design studies in Italy.
His involvement with T’Arts Collective in Adelaide, SA, is as a member and he is involved in annual themed exhibition.
He loves finding new directions in the ever expanding area of design in leather and finding new ways to make them. He always refers to the traditional skills and work at honing them.
Now based in the Hunter Region