Just bustin' my ass on this OPD Memorial piece. Just finished the uniforms after spending all day (7am-10pm) Saturday cutting leather. Then all day Sunday gluing and stitching the pieces together. Extra special thanks to my girlie for bringing me sandwiches and the like as sometimes I forget about eating when I'm deep in the process.
I still have the sky, the bay and the city streets to cut, glue and stitch before I can start putting the sections together. Then I'll build the stretcher bar frame to mount it. Finally I have to build my own portable wall to hang it on. All of this has to be done by Saturday morning when I go and install at the Meek Estate.
Now on to the uniforms where I'll use a bit of leather donated by each of the officers families. Thanks to the families and Renee Hassna at the Oakland Police officers Association I have Officer Dunakins gun holster, Officer Sakais Police belt, a black dress belt from officer Romans, and Officer Hege's ticket book.
The ticket book is personalized with his name and badge number stamped into the leather. Hand tooling leather has never been one of my skills, I took the book to Tandy Leather Factory in Union City to see if they had the letter set so I could duplicate the names on the other officers uniforms.
Turns out the manager, Robert said Officer Hege made the book himself with supplies bought from that very store. When I tried to buy the letter set, he wouldn't take my money. "That's my donation to the memorial, it's the least I could do."
Working on my latest piece. A 6 x 6 foot leather Mosaic honoring the four Oakland Police Officers killed on March 21st. Today I'm almost finished with the four faces. This is week four spent the faces alone. I've been shooting photos of the process with my Pentax K20D using the intervalometer. I'll put the photos together in iMovie later to create a stop motion animation video. I've done this once before with the mosaic I made for my dad who was killed last year.
You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9CAUW156Oc