Ever have a period of time in your life where you just get knocked for a loop? You have to use so much energy and brain power just to keep your head above he crashing waves all else falls away. It was like that for a while. There were times I gave serious thought to getting in my truck and just leaving. Driving to that magical land called 'Away' that exists somewhere between the well worn crap you're sick of and the edge of the mythic wood. I mean, I got a bug out bag in there, I can make it work.
During what I'll forever refer to as the "Three Ring Shit Show" period of my life I couldn't pull together enough motivation to doodle a goblin face on my calendar. But it seems down there in the murky parts of my mind I can't always see, stuff was bubbling away.
I find I don't really feel like making the things I made before. Some things I definitely want to keep making. But I found myself wanting to bust into that big box of Mysterious Crap I think every artist has. It's kind of a parallel dimension (the same kind of place all the single socks get to in the dryer). Stuff appears in there and I have no recollection of ever owning it. So it was with a sizable bag of leather and other animal type bits. I've never worked with leather beyond adding it to an accent on dolls I've made. I'm not crazy about using animal pieces since I'm pretty close to being vegan, but it would not honor the animal to let it go to waste. So I made a small bag.
I like those magical pouches they sell to keep a small collection of items meaningful to you safe. I also wanted to make something that can bring a touch of magic to the necessity to carry your cell phone when you are decked out in your finery at a festival.
It's been painted with metallic acrylic and sealed. Of course I bedazzled the living crap out of it. I had to. I try to go simple. I just can't do it. Simple is DULL. It's for the sheeple, not for us. (rant over). It's got natural pearl, tangerine quartz, and peruvian opal stone on it. Brass and copper findings I think add some interesting textures to the leather. Of course there are sparkly Swarovski crystals on there and a hint of glitter.
I won't likely make many leather ones. I'll use the leather till it runs out. But Matt (my partner) and I are working on a collaboration making vegan wood and mixed media handbags. The seeds that sprouted during the darkness are taking off! And that fire is back. I'm excited to make something again!
My challenge to you, dear reader, is to go on an archaeological dig through your art mess. Get down into the bedrock of random bits. Challenge yourself to make something out of materials outside your comfort zone. I'd love to see what you come up with.....
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