Now it’s half time in our global art project
In November 2015, the admins of the b2zone artwork collection group developed and formed the idea of a global artwork, created by leather artists around the world. What an exciting and unique idea! But it all had to be organized well to be a successful project. Starting with the choice of the right quality of leather. What kind and thickness would be best? Since the leather would travel thousands of kilometers, from artist to artist, through different climate zones around the globe, it had to have a certain quality that allowed it to be rolled up and put in a box a couple of times and still won’t crack or dry out.
What size of motif would be appropriate to turn it into an awesome collage at the end? Gina finally made a choice on the leather piece and ordered it. To be the first one to carve a motif on that maiden leather felt quite like a challenge! I chose a globe to be my motif, as it stands for the internationality of the project and I was quite excited when I started carving and painting it, for no mistakes should be made. Then the right box had to be found, it had to be very stable to outlast a long journey, protecting the leather inside. Finally, the piece with the first motif was boxed up on December 15th and in the mail to the second participant, Tim Pinkos in California. Tim’s motif shows some species of flora and fauna of the state of California, a beautiful choice. And he sent the box to Terry Diveley in Illinois. Terry chose his favorite bird, the hummingbird as his motif and so the leather got enhanced with another beautiful contribution. The box got on its way from Illinois to Kentucky, to Tia Davis, the fourth participant. Tia, as a horse-lover chose a horse picture she had done in colored pencil before to be her motif for the project, gave it some beautiful coloring and sent it off to George Williams in Georgia. The state of Georgia has a beautiful state flower, the Cherokee rose and George chose it to be his motif for the art project.
From Georgia, the box travelled to Peter Main in Texas. Peter contributed a beautifully colored motif, a small section of a piece he had done many years ago and sent the box to Britt Nantz in Texas. Britt, known for his detailed miniature carvings, added a beautiful Sheridan floral motif with a cowboy on a horse to the leather and sent the box to Consuelo Glemby in Indiana; U.S. Connie chose the Indiana state bird and state flower as her motif, since both are favorite to her. The box then travelled to Kim Eoff in Arizona. Kim carved a beautiful desert motif and colored it nicely, then sent it off to Skeeter Yasko in Wyoming. Skeeter enriched the project with a beautiful traditional sheridan-style carving and sent the box to Clay Banyai in South Dakota. Clay, well known for his stunning embossed leather pictures, chose to add a beautiful carving of an elk’s head to the project. It happened that he had to teach a class together with Kathy Flanagan in Colorado, so he carried the box with him and handed it over to Kathy personally.
Now the box with the global art project is in Arizona again, at K Adam Tanner and after he will have added his contribution to it, it will travel to Freddie Matara, New York. This will be the last place in the U.S. for the project. After Freddie has added his contribution to it, the box will travel to the following countries: Brazil (Veronica Passos), South africa (Anton de Wit), Australia (Howard Lee and Ann-Maree Ager), Japan (Akiko Okada), Greece (Michael Dale) and many more leather artists in Europe.