Threads of earthly tones stretched over each patch, inviting intricate images of nature, animals, and more. For more than 20 years, Walter Skrzypek’s passion for patches has lead him to create beautiful, detailed designs for his business Falls Creek Outfitters.
Once a collector of patches at bicycle events, Walter felt a spark kickstart his inspiration to pursue creations of his own.
“At this point, I had already been collecting PA Game and Fish patches each year and loved the different images of wildlife and nature. Soon, I was messing around with designs that a friend, Steven Karp, was sending me,” said Skryzpek.
Starting with images of skulls, gears, and cogs, Walter’s work was later discovered by others, which snowballed into designs ranging from random doodles to full-blown art pieces. From pixels to thread, he spends countless hours fervently researching images fortunate to reach the outside world as a patch.
Nowadays, Walter’s art has made a profound impact on various organizations. When Hurricane Harvey hit, he initiated a project that he is most proud of:
“I offered up multiple different quantities of Paw badges in exchange for 100% of all funds generated that would be donated to several different groups that were benefiting animals affected by the hurricane. Within 3 days, we donated considerable funds to Austin Pets Alive, and then the Houston area SPCA. I still have the Paw badges available on my site and part of all the sales will be donated to our local no kill animal shelter.”
And the ideas never end! Walter’s future endeavors will include his North American Hummingbird series, depicting fine, vivid images of various hummingbird species, as well as a yearly project featuring Pennsylvania Wildflowers. You can catch the patch wonder at the Philly Bike Expo on November 4 and 5, and yes, he takes requests!