How would you describe your style?
I have heard my style described as clean and utilitarian. I agree. Elegance, and refined '70's styling also come to mind, for those were my formative years and a lot of the things that I idolized came from that era.
Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to?
In my 14 years of leather working experience, the majority of that time has been working for other designers, so I really try to stay away from being influenced from other designers/artists as much as possible. It's a challenge to wipe my visual slate clean, and approach the ancient, simple, yet challenging medium of leather in a new way.
What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
What I feel makes my work unique and truly my own is the marrying of raw edged heavier leathers, with very fine leathers, deerskin being one of my favorites. While that in itself may not be unique, as there are other leather designers incorporating that same contrast, I feel what truly sets my work apart is the meticulous construction of the pieces, and the heightened focus of the shapes I want to present, regardless degree of difficulty or thicknesses of material. I truly obsess about every stitch and pour all my attention and passion into every piece I make, and I personally craft every leather item we sell.
Where can we learn more about you?
At our store in Eagle Rock, online at http://www.ommleather.com/ and @O_MLEATHER on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!