Ian AKA SkinzNhydes has unique leather and fur accessories.
Here is my interview with Ian:
Do you you process your own fur,skins,and leather?
I do not process my own materials, but I will be soon with moose hide. I actually up cycle most of the materials I use. I get my materials from a leather store here in Victoria, scraps that are going to be thrown out. Or I buy belts, jackets, and other leather and fur material from Value Village, a second hand clothing store.
What inspires you?
I would have to say what inspires me is everything.... from the trees, to people, to insects. But what inspires me most of all is my girlfriend. (cristysjewelry)She directed me on the path of selling my crafts, and encourages me to keep it up. She makes silver jewelry and very successful with it. She is an amazing person, and I am so lucky to be with her.
Do you and Christy collaborate on projects?
I see every project of mine a collaboration with my girlfriend. She helps me think of new ideas, as well as I help her. She directs me at what women would wear, good color contrasts, etc. She's the best!
Do you listen to music while creating and what genre or prefer quiet?
I prefer to listen to music while I work. Usually something like Gary Jules, The Blow, Johnny Cash, Metric. Something soft and relaxing
Were do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hrm, where do I see myself in 5 years? That's a hard one. Maybe somewhere over seas, designing websites and still making crafts, with my beauty by my side. I try to not think that far ahead, its just too overwhelming... I try and take baby steps
What is one thing that you want people to know about you?
One thing I want people to know about me, would have to be, that I'm a kind hearted person but strong when needed.
Thanks Ian for that insight.
Here are some of Ians creations:
Wolverina, a lovely leather and wolf fur cuff.
Eye of Oblivion, a hammered metal and leather cuff.
Jangle, lovely turquoise wrapped in silver..OOOOLALA! I think this may be my personal favorite!
Visit soon and often! I predict an upcoming top designer here!