Friday, February 26, 2010

Blending Eras Tiger Lily Clutch


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.

17 comments:

jessi sawyer said...

oh my, this is stunning! LOVE it.

MrsLittleJeans said...

Allison, this is beautiful...you must be so pleased! It will go on my wish list that seems to be growing day by day!

xx

Lasso the Moon said...

So gorgeous! and a perfect blend of the two times. The back is a great surprise. Anna

susie said...

Lovely- the colors and design are so cohesive, beautiful workmanship. I hear ya, I am a child of the 70s- I have a thing for all things mid century modern and all that is avacado green and harvest gold. Enjoy your weekend.

angie said...

ooooooooooooooooooh!

liz r. said...

Just gorgeous, and I love the lining.

angie said...

how beautiful! you do really amazing work:)

sonyar said...

Really beautiful!

Corinna said...

Oh good gracious, it's lovely. Just the right shades of orange, ripe and bursting with life.

Fruition said...

Beautiful! Great detail!

studio.delucca said...

{{{ok, I admit it.... I absolutely can NOT stop looking at this clutch! I think I've looked at it about nintey times today}}}

xo, the clutch-stalker

Two Bees said...

All I can say is WOW!

mywifesstudio said...

Very Beautiful!

UmberDove said...

gaspity gasp!


You make me swoon far too easily!

Kiki said...

Just magic! I love the detailing on the back!

Alice Istanbul said...

A work of art. Absolutely stunning from every angle.

Angela said...

That clutch is absolutely stunning. And you're right about the 1970s--- I can see Joni Mitchell carrying this bag to a party in Topanga or something along those lines.

I haven't been keeping very up-to-date on my blogs but best of luck with your move, wherever you are going!