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 trout was caught in Northwestern Ontario. It is tanned in oak gall nut producing rich, warm tones. The pages are also dyed in the same natural dye bath and sewn with linen thread to the fish using a modified long stitch binding method.
The flexible spine allows it to be displayed in a variety of positions.
16″ long x 3 1/2″ high at the highest x 2 1/2″ at the widest
Pricing available upon request.
|Dimensions||30 × 24 × 20 cm|