This is how things are supposed to work! When Pedro M. C. Fernandes contacted my in October via my Submissions page to tell me about his fab new handmade leather goods collection called Noise Goods, I gave him one piece of advice: open a shop and I’ll feature you. He did and now I can too! It’s my pleasure to present Pedro’s handsome collection of cardholders, coin wallets and clutches.
Pedro was on the hunt for the perfect wallet and decided that the best wallet would be the one he made himself. He got a boost of encouragement from Carryology.com (which is a wonderful time vacuum of a website) and decided to jump into the world of making.
I’m thrilled to have the first interview with this Aveiro, Portugal-based maker for my Handmade Profiles series. Not only are the leather goods amazing, but I think he’s one of the first makers I’ve featured who uses custom illustrations with his product pictures. I love these works of art! I think you’ll love this particular Handmade Profile. Pedro’s creative and abstract mind is a pure joy to explore.
1. What inspired you to began your collection?
Being trained as product designer, I realized that there are just too many things in the world. At least, there is too much garbage. I made myself clear that I do not want to contribute to the clutter, instead I want to create things that last forever and inspire people to love what we humans do. To be proud of what we carry. I started the collection with the coin wallet just because I needed a pocket carrier that simply lasted much more than a couple of months.
2. Can you name a favorite source of inspiration?
I like to induce my mind into traveling a lot. Be it to make a story behind people’s routines, imagine objects coming out of a blank wall, or transforming a big problem into a beautiful jar with flowers. I just love to wrap everything that I catch on sight, into this fictional world of colors, shapes and textures and make some sense out of them through experimentation. Results from this thinking are my biggest inspiration.
3. What materials do you love to use?
I’m loving leather, natural fabrics and wood. I love the way they look while new, as well as how they age and resist. There is life inside these materials waiting to be transformed. That also inspires me into making and crafting.
4. Do you have a dream collaborator?
Shiro Kuramata, but it is only a dream…
5. When you need a musical muse, who do you turn the volume up for?
I recently boosted the volume up for Julianna Barwick, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, AGF, Ishome, and Tropic of Cancer.
6. How do you use social media/blogging to promote your work?
I’m quite new in brand promoting and am trying to learn a bit on how to do it, mainly by imitating other brands. Although I’m socially very active and focused on letting my audience know about all the novelties. As well as paying attention to what is being done in this precise moment and having a word or two to say about it.
7. Where do you see your shop/project going?
I’m very excited by this opportunity. Looking forward to make this experience a way of learning more about product-making and to share this vision of product endurance. I’m planning some more leather products to come out in a near future, and hoping to include more materials into the collection.