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The Artist etching high-end art on leather

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>> I wouldn't say I'm unique in working with leather because there are amazing craftsmen and people in the fashion world who work in leather. But I've certainly pioneered a new genre in art and I'm using leather in a way that hasn't been done before.>> Using a hunting knife and a hide of leather, artist Mark Evans creates enormous pieces through millions of tiny etches.
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His work, now on display in Central London. At seven years old, his granddad gave him a penknife and he spent his childhood carving on trees.>> Years later, I had an accident on a leather jacket in my 20s. I was trying to get some blood off the leather jacket, and that patch of light as I etched through, the blood wouldn't come out with a cloth.
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So I had to go back to my knives and try and scratch the surface off. And there again was this light patch, was my kind of eureka moment.>> The Welsh artist has quite a following among royalty and celebrities. This horse belongs to a member of a royal family in the Middle East.
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Mark was flown out to the Arabian Desert to photograph and study it before he attempted to turn it into piece of artwork. A method he applies by using powerful lenses, so he can study every single hair of the animal he plans to etch. And how long does it take you to make all the cuts and carvings that you need in a large piece of leather?
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>> Thousands of hours. So this piece was about 1200 hours which is maybe five months. So it's insane, the amount of focus and I guess, an obsession really for me. It's just precision, there's no in what I do, you can't undo. So you are constantly on a knife edge.
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Just use the pun where a painter can come back over and paint over their marks if they're wrong. So therefore you're on the edge constantly, you have to be present with every blade mark.