From waste product to furniture textile
This project is an experiment with, and investigation into, the properties of fishskin as textile for furniture. During my thesis I have tanned 200+ fishskin, and turned it into leather. I have mainly worked with salmon, but also a bit of cod, because of its natural coloring and texture - and the sheer volume we throw out every day.
Currently; Fishskin is ending up at incineration plants or sent to fish meal factories - where it is turned into food for pets, domestic animals and farmed fish.
The method of tanning fishskin that I have chosen uses - and leaves the fishskin very close to its original coloring. I chose not to dye the material for this project, to leave the material more raw, but also because it has a lovely, graduated hue.
The salmon fish leather is as strong as calf leather and has very little to no smell, due to the tanning proces, and it's texture is somewhat like reptile leather.
The product of my thesis are three stools, each showing a possible way to use fishskin.
One is upholstered, one has a stretched surface and one is weaved.