10oz multi layered vegetable tanned leather with industrial copper saddle rivets and copper plate are what holds this leg armor together. Many hours were put into hand tooling the leather and hammer forming the copper to appeal to the theme of this armor.
The Japanese Samurai, as I am sure you may know by now, are a people and a culture in which I respect greatly. Then we have a new phenomenon, a phenomenon that is taking over a large section of the cosplay and art community, we all know this phenomenon as Steampunk. We see it everywhere, but in the art community it is but a genre. A genre that not every artist respects, although they accept its essence none the less. I wanted to show others by the construction of this armor that I was trying to achieve something very specific by the creation of it. I want to display to other artists what each piece represents and why I chose to carve the details that I did. I believe that there are certain criteria that give something direction. Art needs boundaries and rules so that it may achieve a certain feel. "Steampunk" in many cases, can be abused.
What I am trying to say is that I have seen many suits of Steampunk armor which lose certain qualities along the way, what many of them lack is a solid and sound direction. Art is like poetry, there are many forms of poetry. Each form follows a list of rules. Steampunk is like the "free verse" poetry of the art world, there is no rules and there is no specific guidelines. Without direction and boundaries, without rules and guidelines, there is only chaos. Therefore, many artists have difficulty creating direction in the piece itself. It ends up becoming a smorgasbord of trinkets, gears, and fittings. It is suppose to accentuate the "Victorian" element. To me, Victorian stands for classy along with elegant, the curves are both smooth and sleek. It is difficult to grasp that effect when there is so much going on in some cases. I chose my genre (Steampunk). I chose my direction and spin (Japanese Samurai) Now I will follow traditional guidelines so that I may stay true to myself and stay true to my direction. This way my Artwork can have the ability to follow a genre “and” branch off with in a certain set of perimeters to then become truly unique. I am to follow three types of guidelines in order to reach my overall goal. Use but not abuse the Steampunk genre, stay classy and elegant, stay traditional Japanese. As long as I follow the path that I have created in my mind. It will be another inspirational piece of Artwork.