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PRESERVATION OF EARLY MEDIEVAL FISH LEATHER TRADITION THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION

13 April 2019

I will be presenting the 13th of April at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA during the IONA conference: From Fibre to Decorated Textiles in the Early North Atlantic: Making, Methods,Meanings  my paper on ‘Preservation of Early medieval Fish leather tradition through Higher education’. I will be examining the historical application of fishskin, the disappearance of the craft, the importance of Women and fishskin in the Arctic and the future development of the craft to disseminate best practices in fashion higher education. 


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BRITISH COUNCIL CRAFTING FUTURES CHINA

05 March 2019

British Council forum and networking event the 5th March 2019 to hear from UK and Chinese speakers about craft practice and collaboration. Through international collaboration, the British Council’s Crafting Futures programme creates new networks and opportunities for shared learning between the UK and other countries around the globe. 

Elisa Palomino will be talking about the Hezhe Fish leather craftsmanship workshop held at Heilongjiang province, China. 

The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT

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FISHSKIN HORIZON 2020 MARIE SKLODOWSKA CURIE

09 February 2019

Kick off event in Eilat, Israel of FishSkin, a new project, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 research and innovation initiative under the Marie Sklodowska Curie agreement FishSkin 823943 which will bring together a community of experts including fashion design academics, scientists and craftsmen, with the aim of improve knowledge of sustainable methods for fish skin production to address the pressing sustainability issues in the current fashion industry. Project leader Shenkar. Partners: UAL, Atlantic leather, Iceland University of the Arts, Kornit digital print ltd, Oceanographic Research, Ars Tinctoria SRL ,Politecnico Milano, Kyoto Seika University.



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CIRRUS: A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

02 February 2019

Elisa Palomino will be teaching the workshop 'A More Sustainable Future' at the  Iceland Academy of the Arts  from March 25th – 29th 2019 through CIRRUS: Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

https://cirrus.artun.ee/sustainable/


FISHSKINLAB

Elisa Palomino’s research investigates the Sustainability and Crafts innovation of Fish Skin Leather in the luxury Industry and Higher Education. She has gained 25 years of experience working in the luxury fashion Industry and her practice-based research draws into her experience working with fish skin leather at John Galliano and Christian Dior.

The project aims to promote the use of sustainable fish leather and seeks to inspire, educate and inform designers, creators, and consumers about its beauty, quality, versatility and sustainability. The project will look at intelligent ways of using ocean food waste for the development of fashionable leather articles. The aim is to turn ocean waste into higher-value products.

The use of fishskin to create articles of clothing is a tradition shared by the Amur delta people with other Siberian and circumpolar peoples (Fitzhugh, 1988). Before synthetic fibres were invented, people clothed themselves with natural materials available in their surroundings such fishskin. (Jiao, 2012). There are several reasons for the disappearance of the craft. Overfishing and water pollution have caused fish stocks to drop and many aboriginals have turned to farming and tourism to make a living. (Lin, 2007). The shortage of raw materials and better access to textiles like cotton and silk have challenged the preservation of the fishskin craft. (Campbell, 2010).

The use of fishskin by aboriginal peoples has been recently assimilated as an innovative sustainable material for fashion due to their low environmental impact. Fish skins are sourced from the food industry, using waste, applying the principle of circular economy. They require no extra land, water, fertilisers or pesticides to produce them. (Jacobs, B. 2018)

This project is an interdisciplinary collaboration to study northern indigenous fishskin heritage building connections between anthropology, ethnography and environmental protection to address current global issues of fashion sustainability at a time when the changing Arctic environment and its wider impacts are receiving widespread attention. (Fitzhugh, 2008).

This project is centred on the research questions:

‘How can we protect sustainable development of cultural heritage connected with fishskin?’

‘How can we assist native youth, fashion students and educators in developing sustainable fishskin material by sharing traditional craft from Arctic indigenous people?

The project addresses gaps in knowledge in the fields of:

– Intangible cultural heritage preservation connected with fishskin.

– Sustainable design, developing environmentally responsible new processes for fishskin to advance material innovation.