Sometimes I just can't resist.  Customization is a therapeutic activity for me.  It's a civilizing endeavor to individualize attention.  In high school I painted my graphing calculator.  I rearrange my studio on a regular basis.  I "steampunked" my BlackBerry.  Making art is, for me, a series of in-the-moment decisions to make a never-before-seen object.  And it's thrilling for me to figure out  1) what I want 2) what I need 3) how to do it well.   So, given my tendencies, it's natural that I made a cover for my shiny new Surface Pro 4.  

Note: English is funny...The practice of customization tends to evoke the opposite of customary practices .

Hardcover sketchbook mode.

Hardcover sketchbook mode.

Laptop mode.

Laptop mode.

Keyboard storage.

Keyboard storage.

Tablet mode.

Tablet mode.

Mounting the cover was the toughest problem and biggest decision.  I considered some adhesive options, some mechanical fastening systems.  In the end Velcro strips provide me with secure, repositionable fastening. This arrangement also accommodates the awesome kickstand.

Mounting the cover was the toughest problem and biggest decision.  I considered some adhesive options, some mechanical fastening systems.  In the end Velcro strips provide me with secure, repositionable fastening. This arrangement also accommodates the awesome kickstand.

Added as an afterthought, this Velcro strap system allows a more secure hold, keeps the cover open when folded back, and incorporates a pen slot.

Added as an afterthought, this Velcro strap system allows a more secure hold, keeps the cover open when folded back, and incorporates a pen slot.