Let me introduce this bag by saying something pretty specific:
This precious piece is for a wild woman at heart.
The soft portion of the bag is elk hide, dyed a rather warm and incredible shade of light mustard. It has the normal things elk hides have: gorgeous scars and marks (all photographed here)
I've lined the piece in a wonderful forest green suede to drive home the point that the outside makes quite explicitly: wild death is the beginning of something beautiful.
A bird perishes in the forest and from the matter left over the soil is fertilized for plants to grow. Up sprouts something for other living creatures to eat in the summer and perhaps something that eventually will have a large trunk in which other forest dwellers will dwell through the winter, storehouses of nourishment in reach.
In the human world we see death as something to be feared: a great unknown whose borders we know little of.
I truly believe with all my heart that death is actually a great doorway back to a place we once called home.
Some may call it heaven....
and on and on
in every religion
In the day to day world the little deaths we experience make us bigger, better people if we let them:
Everything is an opportunity to bloom if we are able to see it as such through the eyes of some kind of surrender.
This bag is a symbol of rebirth and the great mystery of death in all its many guises.
There are nearly 250 rivets
in this lovely piece, each one hand set with a simple press.
It measures 13 inches wide by ten inches all by 4 inches deep, but it can be stuffed to be deeper.
The strap measures 33 inches brass ring to brass ring.
Every inch of its creation was done by hand, from the carving to the tooling to the dyeing to the stitching....
this is a true labor of love.
I cannot wait to see who she belongs to - she'll be in the Leather Shop in just a jiff!