Scabby Robot

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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    There's magic in the transformation from flat material to volumed vessel, from skin to realized object. Since 2006, Scabby Robot has been Jill Harrell's space for experimentation and play in object making and object selling. Jill is always folding shapes in her imagination. She delights in daydreaming the motion between potential and tangible. Jill completed her Industrial Design degree in 2003, with a focus on soft goods, at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: All items are individually made by the designer. She hand cuts, constructs, finishes and ships each piece personally. She trusts her heavy duty industrial sewing machine to stitch and assemble the thick leathers she prefers to work with.

    A: Leather is unlike other textiles in that it is not woven or knit, it is not compressed. Leather does not unravel. The structure of leather is rhizomatic, it is made of small fibers that are complex and interconnected and layered. Leather is 3 dimensional and I love to highlight not only the beautiful grain side and the suede side but the third side as well, the edge. In my work I love to consider the edge and to feature the edge to show transparency of design and purity of material.

    A: My label has a rather unusual name, Scabby Robot. I named the business Scabby Robot because who could ever take too seriously a business with a name like that. Let's keep it light.

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