Sunday, July 12, 2009

Shibori

Here's something different from Busyman and S!X and Melbourne's State of Design Festival. My contribution to the "Sculpted Packages - Reshaped" exhibition on show at Von Haus next week: Upstairs 1A Crossley Street Melbourne, across the lane way from Pelegrini's near the top end of Bourke Street.

Shibori is range of traditional Japanese resist dyeing techniques that work through compressing the material to prevent the dye permeating beyond the surface. Methods include folding, clamping, tieing, bunching, stitching and capping. Applying shibori to leather is a whole new ballgame when it's usually used on linen, cotton and silk. I'm happy with the outcomes, quite experimental without a definite idea of what might happen when I began. I'm inspired to develop a new collection of saddles around these ideas.




My First Banana Saddle

My first custom banana saddle flies out of the country tomorrow bound for the United Arab Emirates. To be united with Albert's fully custom bling bling pimped chrome and gold low rider pictured here. This one was an exciting adventure into the unknown of new materials and techniques. The base is a Lowrider brand banana saddle, that is the pressed metal shell only. Thanks to Clarke Rubber I completely re-padded the frame to give a much sturdier and more plush seat. Adventure all the way right down to the final touch of the eyelets for the sissy bar bolts.

I hope you enjoy it Bertie!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's In The Mail!

The Casino Royale now comes in British Racing Green on a Turbo. Special order for James up in Gloucester, North of Newcastle. There are a few more on the way including my first banana seat for a fully pimped up blingy low rider in Dubai. The full story on the banana saddle coming soon.

This one's going on the recently repainted frame pictured. I hope I've managed to match the colour OK.