To live in a cloud of nostalgia, all eyes on a past I’m not sure I’ve lived. Dreams of daybroken sand dunes, rollercoasters on christmas day, all the ice cream and video amusements I could consume. I would have a rich imagination if it all were not true. This coastline makes my chest swell, of many memories, many coasts, lonely walks and important ones shared.
If you have an attachment to the British coastline, its ports, resorts, inlets and white sand beaches. Visit them. For me. Because I can’t… and they are so very very special.
If you ever have the chance to watch the feature that the attached footage is taken from. Do so. It is incomparable and unforgettable.
So. Its a rare thing me posting on here, or having much the time at the moment. Work leaves me threadbare and little compelled to make much outside of office hours… but those excuses are to stop! Starting off with this tidy new case I’ve made for my new toy.
I’ve really been enjoying working with veg tan of late, utilising its malleable properties to make sculpted cases for phones and tablets. Another thing I’ve been hammering is really well burnished edges, so this time… I thought I’d go raw. I wanted this to be a simple object.
I’m unable to place David Thomas Broughton’s most recent work, such are good things. Mood streams passing through circuitry against folk field recordings, UnAbleTo is a collection of 9 interwoven songs. Quite unlike past arrangements, this cassette is an art folk performance, a stochastic piece.
Dear Hull. I haven’t posted often… but then, I haven’t much to tell you. I draw less, never in fact. Mostly I’m at work. I did run 15 miles on Sunday. Thats like running from Whitefriargate to Beverley and then some. Maybe one day I’ll get to try.
I remember needed to cycle my bike along this very route and I had no way of transporting it. I did so in driving rain, having dropped out of a college in Beverley to join the big school in Hull. It was a long slog and I didn’t know a soul that could welcome me at the other end.
We’ve both changed so much. And so little. I miss you and your unpedestrianised high street and towering jetties. Goodbye yellow brick road
Latest commission piece… a little number for a couple of long long term supporters. These guys had everything, so I thought, what better idea than to refresh some of the old classic characters, just for them. Here you’ll find reinterpretations of my first three screenprints.
The piece was worked with fineline and watercolour, and a giclee edition is available in the SHOP. Being my first piece in a while, it was nice to get the pens out after all this leather larking.
Today is a two project day. Yes, it still isn’t illustration… but thats coming again… soon.
Although wholly unrelated, these are both xmas gift commissions I’ve been working on on the DL, both hand-stitched, and the first time I’ve worked with Mink Oil. Mink Oil, although a controversial substance, does give a really velvety finish to the leather, as well as functioning as an awesome waterproofer.
This the my latest experiment with the hemp canvas/russet leather combo. This time a drawstring rucksack. This piece definitely represents a Mk1 prototype stage, with a few changes needing to be made to really get it right. Mainly pockets and proportions I think.
Once complete, the final model will be finished with Otter Wax, ready for the wet weather and winter months.
What I am trying to achieve is to create the perfect recreation rucksack, in a simple palette and styling, paired with functionality and quality materials. I’ll keep you updated on its progress, but for now, this will be given a good test drive to iron out the details
Today could herald a big change, or this item anyway. A three day project from start to finish, and I enjoyed those days infinitely more than any I’ve spent at the drawing board in the last couple of years.
For a time, I’ve seen leatherwork as my hobby, and drawing as my career. I think I’m proactively going to switch those around… get back into drawing for fun, and making my pennies making things. Let’s see.
The piece is a hand-stitched russet leather and 200gm hemp roll top rucksack, fully lined with coffee canvas and aluminium rivets.
One of those days, when you feel like you’ve lived some, and found all that there is to be found… then you find something new and brilliant and as good as it can possibly be.
I’ve had Michael Hurley floating around in my consciousness due to his song ‘Werewolf’ being on a mix I have, but only dug deeper for the first time today. This guy is the one! Must find out more about him. Check out his album ‘Armchair Boogie’. Wow