About May’s work: “I’m drawn to many mediums, but lately I’ve focused on leather and finding ways to build functional, wearable pieces. I have a background in traditional illustration and have been working with leather for almost 10 years. I take inspiration from my ancestry, human anatomy, patterns and shapes, reptiles and the surreal.
All of my pieces use leather as a medium, including jewelry, small goods, accessories and bags. I incorporate original, hand painted artwork into most of my wearable pieces and some small leather goods. I use a combination of hand techniques (hand cutting, hand stitching, hand painting and so on), plus manually operated tools and machinery. Every piece begins and ends with me, from initial design to final packaging – I’m a solo maker.”
May discovered her interest in art when she was in grade school. She received her BFA in Illustration and Animation from San Jose State University, but did not pursue a career in art. Instead, she found herself working in the mass manufacturing of various products, mostly in the fashion industry.
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