The b2zone artwork around the world Veronica Passos

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 The artwork is travelling to Anton de Wit who lives in South Africa

 

Veronica wrote: It was a great pleasure when I received the invitation to participate in the ‘artwork around the world’ project. Since I was invited, I had started pondering about how I could contribute not only with my art in this piece of leather, but also how I could contribute to the leather carving art in the world.

 

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So, when the leather finally reached me here in Brazil and I looked at all the motifs from the incredible leather artists, I formed the idea of the motif that I should contribute. As Jesus has long been one of the most influent people in the history until today, my inspiration came from a versicle in the Bible. The Revelation book says: “Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals” Revelation 5:5. So, my motif shows Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the one who triumphed the worlds afflictions with love and is still alive, as in the Holy Scriptures.

 

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For the project, first I developed the shape of the lion and then I transported it to a tracing film. The drawing was marked to the leather with a modeling tool. To open the drawing I used my old and beautiful Al Stohlman brand swivel knife with inlayed red stones. For the stamping and shadowing I worked with simple tools, 2 differents sizes of bevelers, a small veiner, small camouflage, small seeder and a small pear shader. After the leather was carved I decided to keep the art in the natural color.

 

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The b2zone artwork around the world Freddie Matara

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 The artwork is travelling to Veronica Passos who lives in Brasil

 

Freddie Matara wrote: I was thrilled, being asked to participate in the ‘artwork around the world’ project but wasn’t sure what my contribution would be. When I received the leather and had a look at all the amazing works by various artists, I knew what to do! I created a medallion that is a variation on a design I incorporate into some of my wrist wear.

 

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I incorporated a leather plug in the center to create more relief and capped it off with a sterling silver Concho I made. The stamp I used was custom made for me, by Barry King. I also used a fudge wheel to create more texture. Something I was encouraged to do by the late Elliott Hampton, during a phone call shortly before he passed. I used a mahogany dye and lastly buckstitched the outer ring!

 

02. Freddie Matara

 

Freddie Matara’s contribution to the artwork around the world project is another addition of a stunning piece of art on this unique piece of leather. Freddie is well known for the beautiful wrist wear that he makes and thus has implemented a rather different motif into this global leather art project, to depict his kind of work.

 

01. Freddie Matara

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The b2zone artwork around the world K Adam Tanner

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 The artwork is travelling to Freddie Matara who lives in New York, U.S.

 

We are very thankful that Kim Eoff wrote up this interesting story about how K. Adam Tanner’s contribution to the artwork around the world project came to life.

Kim Eoff wrote: I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Tucson Saddle maker and Leather Craftsman, K. Adam Tanner. Adam started doing leather projects as many of us do; he received a leather kit for Christmas and loved it. His leather skills improved during his rodeo days when he made gear for himself and friends. Once he started making leather saddles, he decided it was time to open his own shop and hasn’t looked back. Adam continues to make beautiful saddles, chaps, and every sort of leather items for an ever-growing, exclusive clientele.

 

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As the typical cowboy, Adam is a man of few words but his work speaks for itself. His work is best described as simple elegance. He is able to accomplish beautiful, flowing designs without his pieces looking crowded and overworked.
When I arrived in his shop, he was putting the finishing touches on a saddle he was reworking for a friend. He had made the saddle years ago but his friend had so abused the saddle, Adam hated his name being associated with something so neglected. His solution was to just fix it. Of course, I’m sure he hoped his friend would at least pay for the materials! I call that pride and brand protection; along with a healthy dose of respect for a working cowboy who really needed quality gear.

 

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After we put away the saddle, I asked Adam how his b2zone World Art Project had gone. He said he had been so busy getting last minute things done in preparation for his move from Arizona to Texas that he hadn’t had time to even look at it yet. So, we opened the box to take a look. Adam’s initial response was very similar to how everyone I’m sure must feel, he was eager to check out what the other artists had done with their motifs and appreciate their work. Then, he grabbed a piece of paper, chose a few of his client favorite flowers and started drawing his design. In what seemed like minutes, he traced his design to the leather and started carving in his piece. I was in awe… what – no practice carves? I watched in amazement, as each flowing design came to life under his skilled hands. In no time, Adam’s motif was finished and drying on his bench.

 

01. K Adam Tanner

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Nine month of travelling

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.

 

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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.

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The b2zone artwork around the world Kathy Flangan

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 The artwork is travelling to K. Adam Tanner who lives in Arizona, U.S.

 

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Kathy wrote: When I found out that Gina thought I lived in South Africa, I decided I had better do something that is positively Colorado.  Wild life is what I enjoy the most living here, so that was the logical subject to go for.  There is nothing better than to take a day trip to the heights of Mount Evans, a fourteener that is not far from my humble mountain home.  

 

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Every time we take a drive to the top of the mountain, we find a number of mountain goats.  The furry white animals are not afraid of people, and hang around nearby, making popular subjects for photography.  

 

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They are also great subjects for leather art.  A mountain goat teetering on the edge of a cliff is an exciting, impressive sight.  The tiny goat that I chose to share with the world is a big part of my mountain life. 

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The b2zone artwork around the world Clay Banyai

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 The artwork has been handed over by Clay Banyai to Kathy Flangan who lives in Colorado, U.S.

 

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Clay wrote: Thanks for letting me participate in this project. It’s really interesting to see what everyone has added to the canvas (leather), The different motifs, techniques, etc. It will be a unique piece of art when it’s finished. I have always had a love for nature and wildlife.

 

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I spent over 30 years of my life running a ranch in the North Dakota badlands that has been in our family for over 100 years. Every day I’d see the beauty in the landscape and the animals that lived there. I now live in South Dakota, another place where the beauty of nature is abundant.

 

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 I’ve been carving leather for over 40 years now. My main focus these days is trying to portray the animals I see in nature onto leather. I chose the elk as my motif to add to this piece because it’s such a regal animal and lends itself well to the techniques I like to carve into leather.

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The b2zone artwork around the world Skeeter Yasko

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 The artwork is travelling to Clay Banyai who lives in South Dakota, U.S.

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Skeeter says: Saturday afternoon I was sitting in my shop making sprinklers to irrigate the grass in the pastures since it has been a little dry here. As my hands were covered in PVC glue I noticed that the USPS van was pulling down the driveway. It was nice to see some relief that I was about to get from the outside heat. I had already finished the motif that I was going to put on the leather so it was just a matter of time that the box arrived.

I immediately took it inside and took a couple pictures of the box with my 160lb English Mastif since she couldn’t take any pictures of me with it. After the photo session I took the box to the leather room and opened it up and had to stare at it for a while just in awe of all the great work on there and wondered how I was chosen to be able to add to it. I had never seen a Britt Nantz or Peter Main piece up close and was really close to cutting them out to keep as inspiration HAHA.

 

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I go by my nickname Skeeter and have my whole life. I grew up riding horses and worked the family horse auction most of my life as well as trained horses for movies, circuses, rodeos and other such things. I spent most of my life in the middle of a rodeo arena as a chute boss. I moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming for school where I got a degree in Elementary Teaching but opted out of that and went to work in the oilfield industry. I didn’t start leatherwork until I was an adult.

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I started carving Sheridan style tooling less than 3 years ago and have been being mentored by Chan Geer as often as I can. He has taken my skill from knowing very little to teaching others as much as I can. I was self taught for almost 2 years until I met Chan in Sheridan, Wyoming and he took me under his wing. I want to keep the art of leather alive and what he has taught me going since it is hard to find people that are willing to just step up.

It was an honor to be selected to participate in this endeavor and hope we can do this again.

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The b2zone artwork around the world Kim Eoff

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 The artwork is travelling to Skeeter Yasko who lives in Wyoming, U.S.

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Kim says: The infamous box arrives! Oh my gosh….. I haven’t even been able to carve for the last 4 weeks!! Then I opened the box. All I could say was “Amazing!” Each of the previous artists had done such cleaver beautiful motifs. I am in awe. I am so happy to be included among these true artists. I’m hoping I will somehow measure up.
I want to do something that will honor the World Art Project, myself and also my state of Arizona. I have been drawing and redrawing motifs trying to prepare for when it would be my turn at bat.

 

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At this point let me explain that I am not terribly fond of leather pieces that are painted with acrylic. Probably because I am not a good acrylic artist and I really love the look of carved leather. Taking that into account, after my test carves…. My piece is begging for a spot of color!! How can I do an Arizona desert motif without trying to show a bit of the diverse color of our Sonoran desert.

 

01. Kim Eoff

The artwork around the world project is travelling on and it is still travelling in the U.S. The box with the project has now reached our 9th participant, Kim Eoff in Arizona. Kim is a skilled leather artist with a family history in arts and crafts. Although she considers her to be relatively new to leather crafting, she happily agreed when we asked her to participate in this unique project.

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The b2zone artwork around the world Consuelo Glemby

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 The artwork is travelling to Kim Eoff who lives in Arizona, U.S.

 
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Consuelo wrote: I was super excited and very honored to be part of this project. Slightly nervous  as well.  I wanted to do a good job and have it be worthy of the beautiful artwork that was done on this project already. I picked the Indiana State Bird and State flower which happens to be my favorite bird and flower personally.
 
 
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Our  8th participant in the b2zone artwork around the world project, Consuelo Glemby from DeMotte, Indiana, has added her beautiful contribution to the leather piece! Consuelo has dedicated herself to leather work and leather art for 20 years now. Her speciality and what she likes doing most is painting her carved leather pictures.
 

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The b2zone artwork around the world Britt Nantz

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 The artwork is travelling to Consuelo Glemby who lives in Indiana, U.S.

 

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In spite of his busy schedule and working down a pile of customers orders, Britt has managed to create and carve one of his wonderful tiny western style motifs on the artwork around the world leather piece. We are very happy that he was willing to participate in the project and added another outstanding contribution to it.

 

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Britt Nantz is a leather artist that is very well known for his artistic skills and talent of carving the tiniest motifs and floral patterns in an absolutely clean and detailed way. Being a ranch and cattle owner himself, his motifs are always inspired by the “old cowboy ways” and show scenes of ranch life and traditional cowboy work.

 

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The b2zone artwork around the world Peter Main

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 The artwork is travelling to Britt Nantz who lives in Texas, U.S.

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04.26.2016 Peter Main wrote: This is a small section from a piece I first did in 2003. I like the simplicity and balance of this image, showing colors fading into a plain background. The execution is without the use of stamping tools, the modeling tool is all that is required. Only four colors of spirit dye are used here…in various strengths.

 

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Here shows the work in progress picture of Peter Main’s contribute to the artwork around the world project. He is the 6th artist to add his motif to it and makes us curious to see his finished contribute.

 

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The b2zone artwork around the world George Williams

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 The artwork is travelling to Peter Main who lives in Texas, U.S.

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02.12.2016 George Williams wrote: I have the box now and will be doing the Georgia State flower. It is the Cherokee rose. The flower grew wild on my Grandmothers farm and I still have some growing in my yard. There is a legend about the flower and I have copied it with the source so I won’t get in trouble.

 

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Legend of the Cherokee Rose

When the Trail of Tears started in 1838, the mothers of the Cherokee were grieving and crying so much, they were unable to help their children survive the journey. The elders prayed for a sign that would lift the mother’s spirits to give them strength. The next day a beautiful rose began to grow where each of the mother’s tears fell. The rose is white for their tears; a gold center represents the gold taken from Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each stem for the seven Cherokee clans. The wild Cherokee Rose grows along the route of the Trail of Tears into eastern Oklahoma today. Source: The Cherokee 1994 Heritage Calendar by Dorothy Sullivan, Memoray Circle Studio, Norman, Ok.

 

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The “artwork around the world” project has now reached it’s destination at George Williams in Georgia. George is another great leather artist and we are very curious to see his contribution to this wonderful project soon!

 

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The b2zone artwork around the world Tia Davis

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 The artwork is travelling to George Williams who lives in Georgia, U.S.

 

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02.08.2016 Tia Davis: I chose the horse motif because I’m from Kentucky and that’s one of the major things our state is known for. It’s also based from a colored pencil piece I did that I thought would transfer nicely to leather. I like a bit of fantasy and whimsy so that’s why I added the Wisteria flowers to the mane.

 

I grew up on a farm and had the immense pleasure to own three horses during that time. They are my favorite animal. I used several methods to color this piece including airbrushing and hand painting. It was an honor to be included in this project among so many other talented artists and I’m excited to watch the work grow at each step.

 

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02.05.2016 Tia Davis (Below the Crow Studios) wrote: Update on project :-) glad that parts over! Tooling completed. Color next.

Beginning of my addition to the project. I chose a horse because I am from Kentucky and we are known for our Thoroughbreds and horse racing. Also just because I love them.. I will add Wisteria in the mane for a bit of whimsy. This is also something I’ve done in colored pencils but scaled down some..I always wanted to put it to leather so this was my chance.

 

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01.27.2016 Tia Davis wrote: It’s here! Let’s hope I do it justice

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The b2zone artwork around the world Terry Diveley

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 The artwork is travelling to Tia Davis who lives in Kentucky,U.S.

 

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Hummingbirds are lovely birds and we have a lot of them. I have put out feeders on my porch and really enjoy watching these tiny colorful creatures when they come to have their lunch. I’ve always liked to carve hummingbirds and that’s why I chose a hummingbird on a flower to be my contribution to this project.

 

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01.21.2016 Terry Diveley wrote: This is my work in progress surrounded by a security blanket. ……making sure everyone’s work is safe. Hummingbirds are my favorite subjects to carve.

 

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01.19.2016 Terry Diveley wrote: Just received the package…..honored but a little scared! Terry Diveley in Bethalto, IL

 

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The b2zone artwork around the world Tim Pinkos

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 The artwork is travelling to Terry Diveley who lives in Illinois,U.S.

 

 

01.12.2016 Tim Pinkos wrote:

I chose this motif because I looked at the globe that Gina had done and thought it might be relevant to that and the title of the project. Placement is closest to where California is on this globe. The subjects of the tree and animals are among the best things that this state has to offer (even though I don’t believe there are any Grizzlies currently living in California, they were a big part of its history and the symbol on the state flag).

I love wildlife, so this allowed me to do 4 different species in a small space. And the Redwood tree is simply spectacular to stand next to. Incredible size and presence, and to realize how old they are and how many events and earth changes they have withstood and been witness to. It boggles the mind! There are 2 species of redwood, the giant sequoia and the coastal redwood. The largest of the sequoia can reach 300 feet tall, 30 feet across near the base and 3000 years old! The coastal redwood can get to 350 feet tall and 18 feet across near the base! Truly awe-inspiring!

 

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Gina wrote: The fact that each participating artist can make his own choice which motif to add to the project, makes it even more exciting! The motif Tim Pinkos, as the second participating leather artist, has chosen for his contribution to the project, is the image of the state of California. It contents the state tree (redwood), a butterfly (dog-face), a bird (quail), a fish(golden trout) and a mammal (grizzly bear).

A good choice and beautyfully done!

 

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Our awesome project “artwork around the world” is moving on and the second participating artist, our b2zone artwork collection member and admin Tim Pinkos of California, has added his wonderful contribution to it! We are all excited to see it developing into a wonderful and unique leather artwork collage done by leather artists around the world!

 

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11.12.2015 Tim Pinkos wrote:

I just received the Artists of the World project in the mail from Gina Adam of Saxony, Germany. Gina has completed the first motif tooled on this wonderful piece of leather! It is my honor to tool the second motif! I live in Seiad Valley, California (in the far north of California), along the beautiful Klamath River. This project will be making it’s way around the world for various Leather Artist’s to contribute a carving of their own onto it’s surface! As far as we know this has never been done before! Truly, one of a kind!

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The b2zone artwork around the world Gina Adam

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The creation of a global artwork

There is always movement and we are creative people! Roland, Tim and I have originated an amazing and unique new project! We had the idea to create a global art project, together with leather artists from our b2zone artwork collection group!

 

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This will take place as follows:

On a piece of vegetal tanned leather in the size 18″ x 42.5″ I will create the first subject in the center of the leather. Then I’ll ship the leather to Tim Pinkos in California, which in return expands it with a motif of his idea. Done this, Tim sends it to the next artist to do the same….and so forth, until the whole leather piece will be filled with artwork of various leather artists around the globe.

 

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A corporate artwork comes to life!

This corporate artwork will be sold at the end and the proceeds of the sale will be bestowed to a welfare organisation, which will be chosen by suggestion of the members of the b2zone artwork collection group. Also all participating artists in this project will be challenged to find a name for this artwork in the end.

Directions:

Target is to fill the whole of the leather inside the frame. The choosen motif must link to the previous tooling, in all directions. The maximum width and height of the choosen motif is 4 3/4″. This upper limit may not be exceeded, but can also be smaller, it may be elongated, upright, diagonally, oval or round. Time frame as an orientation for each participating artist is max. 14 days for creating the motif on the leather.

 

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