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.
The walleye skins used for these covers were caught on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. It has been tanned with oak gall nuts and sewn with Irish linen thread onto a piece of soft Argentinian leather to form the wrap cover for this sketchbook/journal.
Inside you’ll find Strathmore 400 Series drawing paper (80 lb/118 gsm). 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 Strathmore 400 Series ~ cold press watercolour paper (140 lb300 gsm).
5.25” x 3.75 ” x 2”
16 cm x 12 cm x 5 cm
192 pages | 32 watercolour pages