This past winter, I embarked on a crazy ambitious project. I need to do big projects every once in a while – wild, one off projects keep my creativity going when products for sale get repetitive. It keeps me from burning out when things get busy and makes me stretch my skills.
This year, I found out that Artomatic would be coming back to Crystal City in the Spring. Being a huge, open art event, I like to use Artomatic as a challenge to myself to make something I wouldn’t usually get to. This year, the though process went like this:
“I want to make something sculptural in leather. A leather sculpture. A leather sculpture of a dragon!”
The piece was created in pieces, as when I started working I did not know what sort of space I would have to display it in. I worked on the head first, then the legs, as separate pieces that would be assembled on site. I spent much of the winter cutting and dying 450 scales. Finally, a soft body was made to scale with the head. All told, 13 feet long!