« leather » is a rough, durable material made from tanning animal hides. I chose leather for this piece because of its reputation for being tough and protective. Not unlike actual armor such as chain maille, leather acts as a type of shield in different types of situations, whether it is against the elements in the wild west or dressing for the open road. In this work, I used a strip of thick leather interwoven in the lowest strings of the piano. « leather » is the sixth in a set of a multiple-work piece based on the history and associations of various textiles/patterns. In each of these works, the textile or pattern is used both as inspiration (history, tone, physical characteristics) and as a physically present element, either visually or sonically.