Thoughts: Here is a protective gorgét or collar, clearly based on that of the jacket of Bartholomew Kuma. Their design was kept relatively simplistic due to the high wear this may receive over time.
Originally I'd planned for a design which incorporated more physical depth, and an actual zipper - but in observing it's thickness and other qualities, those would have proved to have too much interference.
As to the 'PX-36' included on it's back-plate (which is actually cuir bouili,
boiled leather, causing it to harden to a plastic-like consistency), the number 36 has long been appealing to me for various reasons, and I'd decided on somewhat of a self-humorous gamble. While it's not known whether a canonical unit 36 actually exists, it may well be revealed in time - and just what that may happen to be may just as likely be amusing, interesting, stupid, unexpected, embarrassing, awesome, or awkward; I accept that
. What I had actually intended to use was a code 128-B barcode for 'Peace,' but tooling or painting that onto the surface would have presented too much irregularity for the proper parallel forms of a barcode's rightful appearance.
The designs on the back of the plate are simple asemics, the central mark being an amalgamate of a certain set found interspersed amid my sketchbook, and the curving glyphs at the left and right stand for certain dynamics of consideration.
While not featuring the lower flange of a proper gorgét, this piece was not meant to be intrusive as to other garments worn along with it, and thus was kept deliberately minimal in structure. The work is meant as protective equipment for various informal sports or play, such as boffer combat - where any accidental strikes to the throat could be reason for concern. The actual purpose of this collar was as a neck guard for use during certain cycles of weightlifting - being an adherent to the pervasiveness and unexpectedness of Murphy's Law, this work provides some peace of mind. With no spotter no resting bar while lifting 80 lbs. of steel (or progressively more) above one's chest and neck, one tends to become a little self-conscious of what might happen were one to suffer a fault.
The secondary use of this is that it actually makes a surprisingly good neck warmer, and would provide something which the fierce -40 wind of this city could not cut through in the dead of Winter. Hidden beneath the collar of a parka, it would make a most welcome addition.
Details: A protective gorgét/collar meant for general use.
Materials: Oil-tanned black utility leather, vegetable-tanned tooling leather, section of hard PVC, black-plate rivets, waxed thread, Eco-flo leather dye, Eco-flo leather paint, and a nickel buckle.