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Elizabeth has done color work for leather collections including Prima and developed a woven leather collection inspired by the exoskeletons of ladybugs. Whelan started working on the Leather Weave project by scrutinizing the characteristics of Spinneybeck’s other lines. The rigid, polished surface of Lucente, made Whelan think of armor, a notion that steered her to beetles. Their exoskeletons, or carapaces, inspired her Leatherweave designs.
“The backs of beetles are fascinating,” says Elizabeth. “They’re the layer that protects the creature’s body, so the exoskeletons are akin to leather because they’re a skin of sorts. They’re rich with pattern and surface effects, which may be protective disguises even though the colors can be bold. Look at ladybugs. They come in two colorways that I know of — black dots on an orange background and orange dots on a black background. And ladybugs are only one beetle!”