For the time being, I am not taking on any custom work. As much as I’d love to do leatherwork full-time and have tried various approaches to being able to do so, the reality is I hold down a full-time day job and go to school. So I will be focusing on my own ideas in the spare time I have to focus on creative work.
Thanks for you understanding. After my interdisciplinary studies degree is complete, I’ll resume custom work.
I love repeat customers! An ongoing relationship gives us a chance to really develop an individual’s creative ideas. The latest custom job is a skulls, arched cats, roses belt in a black/white/red color scheme — which just happens to be my personal favorite. I hope you like it. If you’re interested in a custom order, check out my custom orders page. Or, if you’re not sure, see my Etsy shop.
Just finished a couple small items you might like … first is a captive-ring bracelet, and the second is an embellished mystery braid bracelet. See my Etsy shop for all the details! Thanks.
I will be accepting custom orders again as of December 15, after a bit of a hiatus while concentrating on other things. I did create a pocket quiver for practice arrows for a local archer. Photos coming soon!
If you’re looking for holiday gift items, you can check out my Readymade for Sale page. Take care and Happy December.
Over Summer 2012 I got to do some interesting projects for my customers. Click on any thumbnail below for a larger image and click the Back Arrow on your browser to return here.
The first is a recovery wristband with spikes (NA is a registered logo of Narcotics Anonymous). It has that cool tribal thing happening.
The second is a set of pillows created from two old leather jackets and an old canvas tote. For two pillows I tried to preserve the main accents of each jacket, such as zippers, buckled, pockets, and buttons. Each of those features an applique of the song lyrics I happened to hear when I was done with each pillow. The second two pillows are patchwork, created from leftover scraps and a recycled black canvas tote.
Finally, a memorial box for the ashes tin of a recently passed cat called Kitty.
One of my favorite things about working in my leather workshop is THROWING STUFF ON THE FLOOR. This is a dismantled coat. When it gets out of hand, I clean up. Then it gets out of hand again. I love throwing stuff on the floor.
Here’s an example of an indispensable tool you might not think about: BINDER CLIPS. No way could I do this job without my binder clips. (That amaaaazing airbrushed skull is by Doug Arnold of Sinister Air. Coming soon as a jacket badge on a refurbished motorcycle jacket.)
Since I do a lot of leather construction, I am often hand-sewing. I do have a pretty bitchin’ Pfaff machine, but it’s a straight stitch and can only do so much. And sometimes it’s not heavy-duty enough to handle what I need to do. So: the glover’s needle. It’s got three facets at the tip which make it extra sharp. These needles can often be found embedded in my fingers or palms. Glover’s needles cause Band-aids. Rule #1: Do not bleed on the leather.
Well, that’s it for this edition of Notes from the Workshop. If you’re looking for something readymade and one-of-a-kind, check out my Etsy shop, won’t you? Currently stocked with wristbands, wallets, bags and purses, pillows, keyfobs, coin purses, and wearables.
Long time no post! The summer is flying by. Here in Anchorage, Alaska, it’s a rather cold and wet one, but that doesn’t bother me, as heat makes me lazy.
Recent projects include lots of moniker bracelets (roller derby and regular)
and a custom belt for Dave Paul of Bomb Hip-Hop.
I also just finished a readymade one-of-a-kind backpack in organic leather with a Dia de los Muertos sugar skull theme (recycled patch from a Lucky 13 sweater that bit the dust).
If you are interested, you can buy it here: BACKPACK!.
Currently in work is an experimental wristband with cutouts laced with ribbon and then dip-dyed. We shall see! Sometimes my experiments do not work out and I don’t let you know about them!
I’ve been working on custom painting some Harley Davidson boots, in between other projects. I’m just winging it.
Lately, projects include more roller derby moniker wristbands, a custom belt, and leather jackets upcycled into pillows. Stay tuned for pics and more updates! Meanwhile, you can network with me and buy stuff:
Etsy shop <-- this is where my readymade stuff is for sale
I’ve got a sale happening! Trying to get back in the game after a successful semester in my interdisciplinary studies writing and art program (two A’s woot!).