Monday, November 12, 2007

desire



Leather, feathers, and a bit of ink; a happy inclusive party. That bit of leather was hand tanned by myself and my friend, Indigo. We used cow brains (skin was deer), following the lead of the Native Americans.
The smell was so intense that all we could do was laugh as we worked. The leather came out supple and pale.
Desire is the name of the piece.

2 comments:

HemlockMan said...

I've heard of the practice of using the brains of the animal whose skin one is tanning. But I don't know why this is done.

Mia Wolff said...

it works wonderfully--I believe I learned of it from Tom Brown--the guy in NJ who learned all that stuff from an Apache when he was a kid. I took a week long seminar with him many years ago.