The start of the new year is always a little slow for my shop so I like to take this time to create new items and play around with other things. I've been experimenting with my artistic side lately, but using my usual medium of sewing and leather. First up is a piece of my bebe, Tsuru, entitled "Black is the color of my true love's hair", after the Nina Simone song (we love us some Nina). The face was hand drawn onto cotton canvas fabric, from one of his many self portrait photographs, and then I stitched it free-handed on my sewing machine. Next was the hair, which was individually hand-cut heart-shaped pieces out of leather, then glued to the fabric. Plop the whole thing into a frame and voila!
I've got another art piece in the works which I'm hoping to finish up this weekend or next. It's nice taking a little break and step outside my comfort level.