Innovative use of fish skin – a conference and an open event at the Icelandic University of the Arts(IUA): State of the art in fish leather

Katrín María Káradóttir, programme director of fashion design at the IUA and Steinunn Gunnsteinsdóttir sales manager at Atlantic Leather, are now collaborating with an international group of experts, conducting a conference and a workshop on how to use fish skin and innovation in fashion design. The conference is a part of an international collaborational project called FishSkin, which is funded by the Horizon 2020, EU Research and Innovation programme. The Horizon 2020 programme is thought as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, the programme has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament.
The FishSkin project aims to answer the question: ‘How can fish skin leather be designed in an environmentally responsible way as an alternative leather, contributing to the improvement of sustainable fashion systems?’
Participating in the project along with the IUA and Atlantic Leather are designers and researchers from Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, Atlantic Leather, The National Museum in Denmark, Museum of Cultural History in Norway, Shenkar College of Engeneering, Design an Art in Israel, Kyoto Seika University in Japan, Kornit Digital, Oceanographic Research from Israel and Ars Trinctoria from Italy. The Network will connect fashion designers, scientists, technologists and traditional craftspeople from the Nordic countries and abroad to explore the possibilities of innovating fish skin leather as a more sustainable alternative leather.
Conference 9th – 13th of September in Iceland
A part of the FishSkin project is an event here in Iceland organized by the Iceland University of the Arts, Atlantic Leather, Shenkar College and Elisa Palomino from UAL. The event goes by the name State of the art in fish leather and is the second event of eight planned within the project.
State of the art in fish leather begins with an open event Monday the 9th of September in the Department of Design and Architecture IUA in Þverholt 11, lecturehall A. There the FishSkin project will be presented and its context to history, design and industry. The event starts at 10:00 and is open for all who are interested.
After that the participants of the conference are offered a diverse five days program, but they will visit the Iceland Ocean Cluster in Reykjavík before they head north to Blönduós. In Blönduós they will have lectures, round table discussions and meetings where the future of the collaboration and the developement of the project will be discussed.
The participants will stay at the Icelandic Textile Centre in Blönduós where a workshop will be given by specialist Lotta Rahme on natural, traditional methods of tanning and dyeing fish skin. Atlantic Leather in Sauðárkrókur will also participate in the State of the art in fish leather and they will welcome the group to their factory in Sauðárkrókur as well as the Biotech company IceProtein.
We encourage all that are interested in sealeather and fish skin tanning to attend the open event on Monday the 9th of September at 10:00.

Fishskin: welcome and introduction to the Fishskin project:
10:00 - 10:30
Ayelet Karmon and Ori Topaz
Introduction to the FISHSkin project.
Katrín María Káradóttir &
Elisa Palomino
Director of Fashion Studies. IUA &
CSM BA Fashion print pathway leader.
FishSkin sustainability and
craftsmanship in Higher Education
Fishskin: Historical Context:
10:30 - 11:00
Dr. Anne Lisbeth Schmidt
Conservator from the National Museum of Denmark.
Skin Clothing from the North:
Traditional fish skin clothing and artefacts
11:00 - 11:30
Dr. Torunn Klokkernes
Department for Collection Management,
Museum of Cultural History,
University of Oslo.
Fish skin processing and artefact
studies in arctic cultures
11:30 - 11:45
Lotta Rahme
Swedish Traditonal fish skin tanner.
Fishskin traditional tanning methods.
11:45 - 12:00
Fishskin: Industry Context:
12:00 - 12:30
Gunnsteinn Björnsson
Atlantic Leather CEO.
Fish skin as a by-product of the food
industry. Generating value from waste
12:30 - 13:00
Gustavo Defeo
Director of Ars Tinctoria s.r.l.
Analytical research laboratory for
the chemical definition of dyes