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Pursuing sustainability in materials has long been a core value of my practice.  My immersion in fish leather processing has opened a new sense of collaborating with the land, rather than simply harvesting from it.  Repurposing fish skins (a vastly discarded resource) as archival leather is a traditional practice, kept alive by myriad fishing communities and keepers of ancestral skills.  An avid fisher person myself, I find it meaningful to honour the fish that I catch in this way.  Each fish skin boasts an intricate, beautiful pattern, preserved through the act of tanning.  As my work pushes more towards the sculptural, the story behind each cover is a crucial element.  The choice to use fish leather becomes an entry point for dialogue, meant to provoke curiosity about the leather and its origin.

The lake trout used for this cover was caught in the Experimental Lakes Area of Northwestern Ontario.  It has been oil tanned and sewn with Irish linen thread onto a piece of Argentinian leather to form the wrap cover for this sketchbook/journal.

Inside you’ll find Strathmore drawing paper (80 lb).  This paper works well with graphite pencil, coloured pencil, pen and ink, marker, soft pastel, mixed media and oil pastel; perfect for all your drawing and writing needs.

Each signature (group of pages) is wrapped in a cover of Fabriano Artistico Cold Press watercolour paper (140 lb).

6” x 4” x 2”

16 cm x 11 cm x 5 cm

192 pages | 32 watercolour pages

Additional information

Weight .531 kg
Dimensions 18 × 18 × 18 cm
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