I often lament that I was born at the wrong time; I feel myself to be part art deco architect, part 70s hobbyist, right down to my love of those puce and burnt orange interiors.
The only way I can honor those places I've not been in those times I've not lived in is to make things that speak their names without uttering a word.
This clutch is both seventies chic and art deco construction with a little bit of rock and roll thrown in via the 60 or so rivets that adorn the piece.
These rivets hold in the gorgeously soft and feminine cotton fabric that lines the clutch: it is not glued to the whole piece: it has a sense of hang to it that makes it even more plush and inviting.
The closure is a tiny silvertone buckle, a perfect complement to the asymmetrical front flap and the elegance of the amber-colored monochrome flowers.
The back is a freeform hand-drawn golden arch, the colors achieved by mixing resists and antiques: what you see is a single process done with meticulous care and lots of wiping to make sure the leather doesn't somehow absorb the color even through the resist: it can be tricky!
The ebony is a result of the layering of matte dye in coal black and water-based acrylic for a bit of shine and lift.
The tooling itself is deep and incredibly dimensional:running a hand over this piece the cuts and bevels become hills and valleys.
A labor of love uniting eras, creating a moment of peace in my time traveling heart.
In the Leather Shop today.