It’s normally pretty easy to forget that the leather I’m working with once walked around and said “moo.” Not so much with this piece, which features some “clumsy cow” markings and two separate brands. Making a virtue of necessity, I decided to feature these in a book cover, rather than hide or (worse yet) discard them.
Part of my challenge getting started in leather last summer was that I’d purchased half a cow’s worth of oil-tanned leather (because it was on sale, конечно)–and no one else on the planet seems to be doing anything with oil-tanned leather. So I made a number of things that weren’t really suited to the thick, soft, stretchy material, and then I figured out some things that played to its strengths.
Book covers are definitely one of those.