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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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today’s flickr find:

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