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john jones’ walking pictures

Textile artist John Jones calls his leather coats “walking pictures” and markets them as “paintings you can take off the wall and wear out in the streets.” Jones, a self-taught artist, gained international acclaim with his wall hangings and coats – Akhnaton, created more than 30 years ago, is in the permanent collection of the V & A Textile Collection. He wore the coat every day for many years before the museum acquired it, explaining in this article how he misses the coat’s immense energy.

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Akhnaton, leather, 1976

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 Sleeveless picture coat, leather

 

The video below shows Akhnaton’s sister coat, Nefertiti, in progress, giving a sense of the amount of detailed piecework involved in each coat. A walking work of art.  Beautifully done.


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