Deb Mackie’s interest in leather began with a Tandy Leather “half-pint” saddle kit given to her by her grandmother for her 12th birthday. Her grandmother, an accomplished leather crafter, lent Deb her some of her tools to finish the kit, and the journey began. Deb eventually began creating her own patterns and designs.
All her pieces begin with top-quality leather, carefully selected for each project. There are several stages, including prep, tooling, skiving, dyeing, and selective finishes and sealers. Although she may repeat a design, no two are exactly alike and may be considered unique.
Deb’s other artistic endeavors include dollmaking, diorama building, needle felting, 1:12 scale miniatures and miniature gardening.
Deb grew up in rural Upstate New York and holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has lived in Cecil county for over 20 years, and currently resides on a small farm in Elkton, Maryland.