My work is the outgrowth of more than 40 years of work in the medium of leather. While continuing to produce a small line of exquisite accessories, more recently, my pieces have concentrated on the sculptural possibilities of leather. I have chosen the mask as a form to explore these possibilities. Inspired by the life forms in nature, these pieces suggest wind, fire, and motion, not usually associated with objects made of this medium.
All of these pieces are created entirely "free hand", without the assistance of any molds or forms, while the leather is both hot and wet. Colors are hand rubbed dyes, followed by acrylic glazes, which are applied delicately with small brushes. All pieces are primarily decorative but also wearable.
John Flemming is a New Orleans artist living and working in the East Carrollton neighborhood.