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
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.