Leather : Precious skin
A LINE OF BAGS
Leather is dead animal skin. This is perhaps the raw reason behind the human fascination with it.
It is beautiful, precious and grotesque at the same time. We sometimes forget that touching leather is to handle a former living being’s hide.
This collection of bags aims to reconnect with the material’s origin and natural beauty.
I took those body parts not normally used in leather goods, as the cow’s head, tail or lower leg and turned them into leather, highlighting their natural forms and textures. These parts would normally be discarded within the process or be processed further into an unrecognizable animal ingredient. By up-cycling skin parts which would otherwise be considered waste products I wanted to give them a new value and create something thought provoking.
A tail turns into a handle, an ear into a purse. This way the animal’s presence and past lies undeniably in every touch of each leather bag.
All pieces are made from vegetable tanned Dutch calf leather, thanks to ECCO Leather, Dongen, NL.
Graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven, 2012.