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garry greenwood: why not leather?

Before his death in 2005, Garry Greenwood worked almost exclusively with leather, creating sculptures of shoes, ocarinas, masks and full scale musical instruments that work.  The Grainger Museum of the University of Melbourne, Australia is one of several museums that acquired Greenwood’s work for their permanent collection. The cowhide sculptures – wet formed, laminated and carved – are sleek structures with subtle curves and interesting, beautifully defined details.



Raptor, 2000, wetformed, laminated, carved cowhide, ostrich skin covering


Little Dragon Bassoon, 2001, laminated and carved cowhide


Dragon Bassoon, 2001, laminated and carved cowhide

When asked why he worked with leather, Greenwood replied, “Why not leather?”  He believed that leather is one of the most “unexplored mediums in the arts.” Read more about Garry Greenwood and his process here and you can listen to his instruments here.


Mobile Sole, 2000, wet formed, laminated and carved cowhide


Spurred Boot


Pocopods, ocarinas, cowhide, modified piano keys


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4 Responses to garry greenwood: why not leather?

  1. This is related to a previous post- WoW!!!, I’ve only just taken the time to look at Charlie Bucket’s fluid sculptures (I also looked at the Superfluid Skirt afterwards) they are amazing, sometimes like a ballet, then a tiny metropolis… Their rhythmic qualities are astonishing- if, like me, the still image of this piece didn’t grab you, trust Susan, have a look at the video, this is really cool!

  2. wow wow wow and WOW!!!
    I love his shoe designs!
    I can imagine leather being a great material to work with. And I can imagine running my hands over Greenwood’s creations. Mmm…!

  3. wow, Susan, this is amazing. I have long loved leather-crafted art (much to my vegan sons chagrin :), but haven’t had much luck finding examples on the net…could be I just don’t know where to look. Anyway, thanks for this post…it’s precisely the type of thing I’ve searched for. Leather creations just get me ‘right there’; the luminous quality of worked leather, the smell!, the seeming depth and ‘aliveness’ of the textures, and oh! the rich, make-me-melt colors! whew…breath… 🙂

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