My name is Nicholas.
In 2008 I found a dusty box of scrap leather and tools in a dear old friend’s garage. At the time I had a decaying duct tape wallet that I’d made a few years earlier, so I tried my hand at making a leather one. It was an ugly piece of work, but it was functional and I enjoyed the process, so I made wallets for my friends, posted some photos online and eventually began to get requests for more.
With gratitude to my supporters, I’ve been making leather goods almost every day since then.
As the years go by, the work has grown in unexpected directions. It began as a search for a practical solution to an everyday problem, but over time it has also allowed me to express curiosity, explore ideas, and engage creatively, while still resulting in practical (and sometimes beautiful) solutions to everyday problems.
I like to focus my work on mundane objects because we are surrounded by them, and too many of them were brought into the world carelessly. I often find the modern world baffling, and I hope to offer an alternative to the relentless and inconsiderate production and consumption that has become the norm; to make a shift away from objects and towards artifacts. It's a task that I take seriously, even though I never expect to succeed, and I'm constantly revisiting how to best approach it.
In the end I just make things, but I have a lot of questions, and there may be answers to be found in the process, so I am doing my best to listen.