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Its always so interesting how different artists and designer interpret one material. The Thomas Erben Gallery in Chelsea is currently showcasing a group of works that exemplify the contemporary leather craft in Japan. Selected works from the fields of fashion, art and design converge to convey the deep allure of Japanese leather goods, known for their high level of craftsmanship and artisan techniques. The exhibition is titled, Leather Japan and will be open to the public through Feb 22 from 10am-6pm.  I’ve showcase a few of my personal highlights below, but visit the exhibit to see the full collection. 

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1. Woodblock Print from Meji Era, 1879, paper
2. Flu Masks, Sasquatchfabrix 2013, deer leather
3. Deer Cell, Kosuke Tsumura 2014, deer leather, deer bone, plastic
4. Mock, Hender Scheme 2014, deer leather
5. Rice Ball Case, Blackmeans 2010, cow leather, metal parts
6. Manual Industrial Products 01, Hender Scheme 2011, cow leather
7. Manual Industrial Products 08, Hender Scheme 2013, cow leather
8. Straitjacket, Sasquatchfabrix 2013, deer leather
9. Sign, Akiyoshi Mishima, digital print, deer leather, used bullet, pigments
10. Symbiosis jacket, Class 2013, deer leather
11. Needle’s Classic jacket, Needles 2013, deer leather
12. untitled jacket, M’s Braque, 2014, deer leather and metal parts
13. Sign, Akiyoshi Mishima, deer leather, used bullet, pigments
14. Head Hunters, Shin Murayama 2014, deer skin, rabbit hair, wood, bicycle saddles, bmx handlebar, bicycle rim
15. Kinkaragawa, 1603, leather, metal parts

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