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(Lander, WY) – Lacey Clark and her 9-year-old daughter Kaycee moved to Fremont County last year and brought their passion for leatherworking with them.
Lacey owns Rockin’ LP Custom Leather which is now based in Lander. The majority of her recent work has been custom orders. However, she hopes to have items such as bags, spur straps, and bracelets available all of the time.
She was first introduced to leatherwork through her mom. However, it wasn’t until around 2013 when she wanted to learn how to make herself a pair of leather chinks. A single pair was all she wanted.
Not really being into art nor considering herself a creative person prior to starting leatherwork, she built up the courage to ask a saddle maker where she lived in Montana to teach her how to make.
With an even younger Kaycee in tow, saddle maker Wade Miller taught Lacey leatherworking.
“I didn’t build my own chinks for at least a year or year and a half,” she shared. “I started doing other stuff; I didn’t know I was going to like it that much.”
Making custom items or something that is one of a kind is something she finds the most fun.
“It should be as individual as possible. An expression of themselves.”
Lacey noted she makes a lot of chinks and chaps, and orders come in from coast to coast.
“I also like to make fun, funky bags.”
She doesn’t limit her custom work, the person ordering gives her the colors they want and if anything special like initials or brands are wanted on it.
You can also find Kaycee, who has been in the workshop since she was really little, making a variety of items as well. Her favorite: making feathers.
Kaycee is naturally artistic and has sold her work on canvases before. She is thinking about starting that back up again.
Lacey isn’t new to Lander, she had lived there previously and always thought of Wyoming as home.
Her new space in Lander is smaller than what she had in Montana, but she has settling in and adjusting.
Currently, items are available through her Etsy shop and custom orders can be made there as well. You can find Rockin’ LP Custom Leather on Facebook and Instagram. Messages can be sent through those platforms or by emailing [email protected].