Chocolate & golden skins ...

  I could be talking about Lab puppies but this time it's about new pieces of leather. One is a deep, rich brown and the bigger one is lucious gold. 




   I would love to have wonderful stories of where each part of a bag that I make comes from, like Dawn on her lovely site ~ she can just make you drool with every descriptive word! But all I've got for you is that I went down the street to Colorado Leather Goods and really appreciated the nice young guy that was very helpful and patient and didn't mind bringing out many pieces even though he knew I could only 
purchase three hides and he wasn't too chatty or stay too close while I took my time smoothing each one out and checking all the edges, the most important parts for me.





 This is the first finished bag out of the golden deerskin, it sold the day after I put it in the window at the studio. Emily's dad knew she would love it ~ she did and was thrilled to take it home with her to Denver!

I haven't always had an easy time working with leather, there have been a couple of times that I quit during these many years but it is feeling pretty good to me right now. This may sound silly to some but I think it is important to say a little prayer and a big thank you before you make that first cut and then to pay close attention to what wants to come forth ... I like the surprises!

8 comments:

  1. ohhhh... absolutely stunning!

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  2. Susan, I know how you feel about working with leather (also, the edges are so important!). For me, I also thank the animal--it is not easy to face that part.

    Your work is BEAUTIFUL and I can easily see it selling right out of your hands, from the studio on the way to display, before you can even price it. Simply gorgeous!

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  3. oh that deep rich brown!!! GORGEOUS!
    the bag you made is beautiful...i can see how it sold on the first day. the ritual you have of a prayer and not forcing the piece comes through in all its beauty.

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  4. Thank you, ladies ~ you light up my days!

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  5. These are so wonderful!! I think I especially love the chocolate skin!

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  6. The picture of the leather makes me want to reach out and touch it. Beautiful! as is the bag you made from it!
    Kim

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  7. I can understand why it sold almost immediately, Susan. I love leather...the feel and the smell of it. I think I must have been a leather artisan in my past life. Hmmm. I wonder what I made! :)

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  8. your leather work-art is really BEAUTIFUL..I admire those hands

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