What defines your work?
Everything you see is handmade, no machinery is involved. I do not sketch beforehand, I create the piece with my hands as I mould it and sculpt it. I moisten the leather beforehand, dye it myself and even make my own metal ornaments.
Do you only use leather?
This is my natural choice of material as I grew up surrounded by leather (my mother was a glove maker). Its versatility allows me to sculpt pieces that adapt to faces and bodies, both enhancing and hiding their features, creating a halo of mystery. Possibilities are endless, creativity can run free.
© David Arnal
You don't have a store or online shop, so how do people find you?
I do have a website. My products are very specific, imaginative and transgressive, with Gothic or punk vibes. This is why I am approached by people who are searching for such products, be it for a party or to collect. I also work with the entertainment industry on bespoke pieces.
Is there a career highlight you’d like to share?
I was very proud of my collaboration with Madonna's team. My brothers used to listen to her music when I was a kid. I created masks and headpieces for her dancers in her 2015 concerts and videos. And then there was the 2012 Superbowl half-time show, which also featured my creations.