About Cherryl McIntyre, Exquisite Leather

Cherryl is a Brisbane based artist whose passionate commitment to leather takes a new refreshing approach with the medium while working broadly across the craft from traditional styles from sculpture, to fashion accessories, and her signature leather flowers. 

With over three decades of experience, Cherryl is a leather artisan of extraordinary talent and commitment to the craft. Full time Tutor and Master crafter behind Exquisite Leather, Cherryl is also passionate about passing on her skills and techniques and extremely generous with her knowledge. 

Cherryl has been inspiring others with her passion for many years, from private coaching to travelling Australia presenting hands-on workshops in partnership with:

  • Cobb and Co Museum
  • Regional Arts  
  • TAFE Technical and Further Education
  • Southside Leather
  • Textile Art Academy
  • Dimensions in Leather
  • Hat’s off to Brisbane Millinery Convention’s
  • Camp Creative, Project Australia  
  • University of Southern Queensland McGregor School 

Cherryl has also worked with the South West Priority Community Area Program (PCAP) for over 10 years presenting workshops to south west country schools introducing skills to the students, broadening their understanding and appreciation of the medium. These workshops have involved working with primary and secondary school students, adults, handicapped, rehabilitation and correctional centres.

In 2008, Cherryl was the first Australian to be presented with “The Al Stohlman Award”, this being the first time the award has been won by an artisan outside the United States of America. 

This prestigious annual award honors the accomplishments of individual leather artistisans and is given to one who has demonstrated continued dedication to the industry following the example set by Al Stohlman, the world’s most talented, best known and respected leather artist.

A founding member of The Leathercrafters Association of Qld Inc. Cherryl also coordinates the International Leather Conference “Dimensions in Leather” held every 2 years since 1994. This is the only event of its type in Australia.