Eirewolf Creations started with a sculpture class in my mid-20s. I was always creative, but until I started sculpting little maquettes of critters in that fateful class, I didn’t know how naturally 3-dimensional art came to me. One of my very first critters was a whimsical little howling wolf pup, which reminded my sculpture professor of his favorite dog from childhood. He liked it so much, he commissioned me to make a larger-than-life sculpture for him! That was the beginning of my art business.
For several years I continued to sculpt — mostly fantasy creatures like dragons and unicorns, and a species I dreamed up called Dragon Snails. They were fun and fulfilling, and I still love my little critters… but a desire was growing to make wearable masquerade masks and work with leather. I had seen leather masks at Renaissance Fairs before, but had no idea how they were made. It seemed like some strange alchemy that would certainly require special equipment and a workshop. Then one day I found a tutorial online… and discovered that I didn’t have to be a magician to learn this craft! I bought a side of leather and a few basic tools, and I haven’t looked back since.
I love working with leather. I love transforming a material that once belonged to something living — a byproduct of the food industry that might otherwise be discarded — and making it come alive again in a beautiful new incarnation. Cow hide becomes a raven, a cat, a wolf, a dragon — and allows a person to “transform” into that animal as well, for a time, while they wear the mask. Or it becomes a piece of jewelry, or a vessel, and helps a person express their unique style.
Leatherworking has a gentle but endless learning curve — it doesn’t take much to get started, but there is always more to learn! I am constantly learning new techniques and looking for ways to improve my craft and take it to the next level. I tend to get bored if I know everything about a topic, but leatherworking is a skill that has the potential to hold my interest for the rest of my life. I love figuring out new ways to approach a classic concept like "mask" or “bracelet” or “purse,” and making something unique and beautiful that a person with great taste would be proud to wear.
While I continue making masks and eye patches, I am also branching out with my craft and making cuff bracelets, armor-inspired leather jewelry, pouches and purses, and other accessories for costumes and everyday wear.
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