Imagine you are traveling...it could be anywhere...an exotic over seas destination...a cross country trek...or maybe just heading out to enjoy your home town for the day. This book is the perfect companion. If you like to draw. If you like to write. Or maybe you like to display your photography the old fashioned way...in a beautiful book which you keep readily at hand to share with visitors. Maybe you don't like to do any of this...but you know someone who does...No matter whom its for this a truly exceptional gift! Let the richness of the quality North American leather and card stock pages pull you into an era past. Designed to inspire you, or that special someone, these books are our way of imparting our creative spirit to you!
This book was inspired by Alberta's provincial crest and custom developed from there. We created both the custom leather casing, complete with a custom "Alberta" Logo stamp on the inner flap, and the brass Alberta crest from scratch. The colouring on the metal is also custom. If you are interested in a different provincial / National crest or one from outside of Canada please contact us regarding pricing and timelines.
The red-brown inspired leather book you are currently admiring was hand crafted by Edmonton artist Amy Skrocki (Paragon of Design of Skrocki). The casing for this book was created from top quality leather, hand carved and tooled, hand dyed, and hand bound. The pages in this book are acid free thick antiqued card stock (not white) and ideal for: writing, drawing, photos, or keepsakes. The book can be rebound when you have filled the pages as well, so the case can be used for a long time. The size of this journal is 23.7 x 15.8 x 4 cm.
The brass shield is the product of a rigorous 35-45 step process. Starting with plain sheets of metal we design and create our components one at a time. Some of the key steps include preparing the metal and design work, etching the imagery and cutting custom shapes. Each piece is finished with a meticulous hand applied coloring process wherein each color is individually applied and often on different days to allow for the lengthy drying process (up to 72 hours). The majority of the other steps revolve around an absurd amount of sanding and cleaning, as well as, adding the finishing touches such as ear hooks, jump rings, soldering etc. Because of this no two items are identical and they have variations between each item.
If you're looking for a tote bag that sets you apart in a sea of similar designer handbags this tote is your answer. This tote is for the hand bag connoisseur that does not want the same bag found in the mall but still loves the functionality of a standard tote shape. This bag is also constructed by hand, and even hand dyed and carved, making it a truly functional piece of wearable art that will last and last... and guess what the leather is entirely sustainable and hand dyed with an environmentally friendly dye.
We work mainly with vegetable tanned leather, which is also a by-product of the food industry, to create each of our pieces (books, masks, armour, corsets etc). Each piece made from vegetable tanned leather is meticulously hand carved, hand dyed, and hand finished. Some of these pieces are also hand painted with special leather paints and overlays. This ethically sourced tooling hide softens in over time for a beautiful old-world finish. The dyes used are an environmentally friendly water based dye which leaves a rich hand-finished touch on each piece bringing out the unique highlights, grains, and character of each piece of leather (and not considered as flaws). We use a variety of different, hand applied, finishes to both protect and emphasize the leathers natural beauty. Finishes may include, but are not limited to, any or all of the following depending on the piece: high quality oils, waxes, gums, and protective coats. Each component is hand buffed once the finishes have set to give it a resilient sheen.
Purse length is 11 3/8 inches
Height 9 inches
Width is 4.5-5 inches inches
Bag is unlined and contains dyed leather
Product Care: Please keep out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time, leather will slightly soften with use. Although finishing wax protects the leather please keep tote away from water, oils and perfumes. Item comes with care card.
Paragon of Design by Skrocki consists of Amy and Tanner Skrocki, who have been creating works of art in a variety of mediums (Metal, Leather, Fabrics, Paper, Wood and Photography) since 2008. Their leatherwork has won first place in an international wearable art competition and won a Niche award in the fashion accessory category. Skrocki has also been featured in solo and group gallery exhibitions and has participated in close to 380 fine craft shows, festivals and markets over the past 9 and half years. You can find their wearable art featured in their own photography, other photographers work and dozens of magazines throughout the world.
This item is not available as wholesale item.
Grey and black skull bag available under a separate listing.
Prices are in U.S. Dollars
This listing is for a cross body black purse with a human skull carved and tooled on to the leather.
This highly original purse is truly is a functional piece of wearable art that will last and last. We developed a custom pattern for this purse and each purse is constructed by hand, hand-dyed, and hand-carved from sustainable ethically sourced leather. The thick vegetable-tanned leather used to construct this purse softens beautifully with time and use for a feel you will love.
Color- black hand-dyed leather
Hardware - silver rivets, lock, and buckle. Gold hardware is available in drop-down menu.
Leather - Vegetable tanned
There are three sizes for this bag:
Small: the finished dimensions of the purse are approximate: 8 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches
Large: the finished dimensions of the purse are approximate: 10.5 x 7.75 x 3.25 inches
XL: the finished dimensions of the purse are approximate: 12 x 9 x 4 inches
There are two options for the larger skull purse, one adjustable strap or two (as seen in photo). The strap adjusts from 49" to 55"
If you want your strap shorter please let us know in the notes section when checking out.
Want your initials to customize this purse and make it your own? We can do this for you! Up to 3 initials free. Please just add them to the notes at check out :)
* Note: all colors will pick up the natural highlights and lowlights found in the leather. While these variations add a beautiful texture and character to each piece it does not give a solid color like industrially dyed, heavily chemical dyed, leathers. Because it is not industrially dyed the leather is not softened with harsh chemicals but has to slowly break in to soften with time and use. As you use your new bag, it will take on the characteristics of the story you are creating together. Also, each piece of leather, like wood, is different and has its own characteristics including ripples, creases, high and low areas as this is a natural product. We do not consider these flaws but the unique characteristics of each piece of leather.
The dyes used are an environmentally friendly water-based dye which leaves a rich hand-finished touch on each bag bringing out the unique highlights, grains, and character of each piece of leather. We use a variety of different hand-applied, finishes to both protect and emphasize the leathers natural beauty. The wax on the outside casing is Carnauba wax or palm wax and is non-toxic food-grade wax. This wax can occasionally be seen in the carvings on our leatherwork and eventually will wear away.
This item is not available as a wholesale item.