Out of stock
For the past two years making fish skin leather has become a primary focus for me; I am compelled by the sustainability of engaging with a natural resource, using it to its fullest. 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 leather, creates lasting beauty where there is otherwise waste. Each fish skin boasts an intricate, beautiful pattern – preserved through the act of tanning.
As I push my work more towards the sculptural, the story behind the materials is a crucial element. The choice to use fish leather becomes an entry point for dialogue, meant to provoke curiosity about its origin, emphasizing the value of fish as a sustainable resource. Transforming fish skins into sculptural books signifies both the value of these beautiful creatures and in the gesture of a functional form – its’ unfinished story.
An avid fisher person, I catch all the fish that I use in my work. This particular walleye (pickerel) was caught on Lake Winnipeg. It has been tanned in oak gall nut which produces a rich warm brown that highlights the walleye’s beautiful scale pattern and lateral line. The pages are sewn with linen thread using a modified long stitch binding method.
Because the fins remained intact with this skin the fish had some rigidity to it, allowing it to stand upright. It is reinforced with a thin metal wire that sets into the piece of rock for a base.
Height 11 1/2″
Pricing available upon request
|Dimensions||13 × 15 × 29 cm|