|3 of My Girls
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Julia Cameron said that creativity wasn't a product of ego but rather a function of the soul.. That pretty
much says it all for me. Some people Have to be making something, I'm one of those people.
There have been many equestrian events in my lifetime. Most recently cutting, and when it seemed too
hard for me to find or afford a pair of cutting chaps that would truly show my originality I bought a
small industrial sewing machine instead. At 40, guess you could say, the rest is history. By the time that
pair of chaps were completed for myself 3 friends had 'ordered' chaps for me to make them as well. No
prior experience with tooling leather or designing chaps made doing this a challenge but my nature is
such that being a challenge only motivated me. A quick trip to the nearest Tandy leather store resulted
in a handful of basic tools, a hide to tool, and a few books to show me how to use the them. The next
step, after a couple of years of leather work, was to take on silversmithing and engraving, which was
somewhat inevitable because of the need for more personalized silver pieces to enhance the leather.
These projects began in the kitchen and eventually expanded to a 'guest bedroom' that became my shop.
Cutting leather on the floor and tooling on a rejected headstone gave me a real appreciation for the shop
I have now. It's not fancy and isn't a 'retail' type of business but it's Wonderful! A full sized cutting
table, room for all of my sewing machines, soldering equipment, engraving tools, and a custom made
tooling table with a full on piece of real marble make it my favorite place to be. My pups go to work
with me and my horse is right outside the door. My commute is a walk across my driveway.
After being in this shop a while the steps to do stoneware tile unfolded with a new friend, Teri
Thomas, that does stoneware pottery and beautiful stoneware leaves. We worked together on some
pieces and that resulted in meeting a wonderful tile and mosaic artist named Eric Rattan that is world
renowned. He taught me the entire process for making custom tile which allowed me to make Fabulous
stoneware tile that (after much trial and error) look just like my leather work. It's an exciting and
creative project and also Very gratifying. Who knows what will be next. I have no idea but do know that
the things I'm doing now will continue to progress and more will be added with time. It's a constant
journey and one that has given me great friendships and experiences. There isn't a thing I'd change.
What a Great life!
As for my theory on design. My personal taste is not as boldly western as most leather workers. My
goal is to bridge the gap between 'Designer' and 'Western'. A slightly less expected approach to leather
and silver work that hopefully doesn't scream western but subtly hints at it. Something that will be as
appropriate at a business meeting as in an arena. (Bags, briefcases, belts, etc... : ) Thats what I like and
what seems to work in many different places from home decor to personal 'decor'... In the arena my
pieces look like very nice pieces from a distance but when you're close to them, and start to see the
detail, they have the "Wow factor". A friend once told me that I'd finally found a way to "Embrace my
Analness".. This has stuck with me since beginning this endeavor.
When it comes to designing the work on this site there are as many Great ideas that have come from
my customers as have come from me. Every piece is truly a collaboration between myself and You.
Generally people contact me with an idea in mind of what they'd like then together we shape and create
something one of a kind that nobody else will ever match. That's the process and it's what makes my
days so fulfilling. Every time someone receives their item and they're overwhelmed by seeing their ideas
come to life it's very rewarding.
Love to hear from you and Thanx for visiting my site!!
Contact me by email at Denice@denicelangley.com
Call me at (970) 739-1118
Cool and I... and believe it or not that's
my MOM! : )
Cool and 2 Cool
Mindy being a "Shop Dog"
|*Robin and Jet*
These are 2 of my VERY special kids that
have passed on. Every time I see this
picture it reminds me that if there is a 'gate'
to beyond This is what mine looks like.. :.)
This image was also the inspiration for the
mural on my Home Decor page. It lives
above my bed so they still sleep with me
|2 Cool's first experience with cattle
|My precious little Jet.
What an amazing soul mate.
|Piper bringing Jolena to Dinner
|"Piper" aka Rylands Simply An Angel
The newest member of my family on the day we
met at the airport. Love at First Sight!
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