A handmade leather cosy for a Lytro.
My Lytro needed a case, so I talked to Gabie, She Who Sews, and she made me one.
There’s something magical about handmade and high-tech snuggling together.
Gabie has made me a bird, and a dragon. I can attest to the “handmade with love” product claim.
She used leather she found in a market during a recent trip to Japan to make the Lytro cosy. (A tea cosy is used to keep teapots warm. Old school tea cosies were quilted and embroidered. I think “cosy” fits this lovely object better than the pedestrian “case.”)
The side flap has a purpose. The neck strap has button eyes.
A leather button secures the top flap.
The Lytro, cocooned.
Cutting-edge light field technology finds a home inside rough-edged leather scraps.
So what is the extra flap for?
Unbuttoned, the flap opens to reveal the lens side of the Lytro, and a pocket.
It’s a pocket for the magnetic cap. I can open both sides and take shots while the Lytro stays inside the cosy. Gabie warned me, “Don’t forget to close the bottom flap again when you’re wearing it around your neck!”
I won’t. I don’t even want to think about it. That would be the equivalent of dropping a Nakaya nib down from three floors up.
Thank you, Gabie.
There are so many stages of technology in this image my brain flickers. The Neanderthals sewed clothing from leather. The age of agriculture brought cotton, at first spun into thread by hand then mechanized by the cotton gin. Paper was invented in China over 2,000 years ago. Glass, 3,000 years ago. Vulcanized rubber, 19th century. Light field engine in a cute red box, 2011.