Ritual Union, A Fairy Story was an art exhibition featuring the leather wall hangings of Casey Gunschel in 2012 at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chiciago, Il. Casey is an artist and designer who hand tools and dyes leather surfaces for various applications. She works out of her home-studio in Humboldt Park.
These images document the eight leather wall hangings displayed at the exhibition and exemplify Casey’s process. The project starts as plain tooling leather. She transfers a drawn-design to the hide and then carves and tools it with metal stamping tools. To finish, the leather is oiled, dyed and antiqued. Casey has used this process to upholster furniture pieces, rugs, wall hangings, and wall coverings.
Her exhibition explores relationships and the revolving themes of power, and manipulation. She both references characters from the well-known, Aesop’s Fables, and also creates story lines of her own.