When we think of leather and hide, we tend to associate these materials to ordinary objects, for example belts, wallets, purses etc. Instead, the leather and hide world has varied sectors. The rediscoveryof old working techniques, the use of new instruments and the introduction of new ideas have favoured the development of leather and hide in new areas.
It’s a sector of great growth in such as the adaptability and moldability of these materials permit them to many uses.
In support of this thesis, we would like to tell you how a young artist craftsman has combined two of his great passions: the circus world and craftsmanship with leather and hide.
There has always been, in fact, a close relationship in these two worlds, even though different from one to another. For example, in the circus games in the ancient Rome, the crowd artists would always perform wearing leather costumes and with the horses saddle in hide or in the medieval representations wore costumes and masks in hide.
Most of the accessories used in the circus world still today they are made in leather and hide:
Another example is the puppet show, often in the circus shows. Most of the puppets are created and carved in hide; today some of these are art and collection pieces.
After this short excursion, let’s talk about Johnny Cognetti “Little John Leather” and his work of hide and leather made especially for the circus. The first things he created is safeguards for acrobats airs performances.
These supports are used for circus actors to prevent any abrasions during the trapeze show or aircraft show. Furthermore, for their aesthetic beauty they can also be worn as part of the scene costumes.
The protections created by Johnny have these features:
These supports are made using a single leather of one colour or leathers of different colours, that create a colour game suitable for a circus environment.
The circus world is an example of how many different fields leather and hide have. Fantasy with a phase of study and experiments may open new avenues and new fields.
For this reason leather and hide craftsman is in a continue phase of research and of study: his activity it doesn’t consist only in the making or creating a handmade article but also an everyday challenge to exceed.