Making Leather from Salmon Skins

Description

Work with a new material and learn a new skill in this beginner-friendly salmon leather workshop! Fish leather has been made traditionally by coastal and river people all over the world, and continues as a specialty industry today in Iceland, Australia, and parts of Europe. Fish skins are smaller and easier to tan than larger skins, but follow the same principles. This three hour workshop will take you through the process of selecting, scraping, tanning, and softening fish skins into leather. Instructor Rebecca Graham will share her sample book, handouts, and tips on where to buy or find the supplies you need to make fish leather at home. Participants will take home one finished piece of fish leather and one more to soften at home.

This workshop is one of three in our short course on basketry and leather making that we are hosting with instructor Rebecca Graham. Enrol in all three workshops as a short course at checkout, and receive a 15% discount!

About the Instructor

Rebecca Graham is an environmental artist who specializes in connecting people with land. As a leader of groups of all ages, large and small, she shines a vibrant light on how natural materials can become our portals to meaningful connections to human history, culture, and nature. Rebecca’s background includes studies in environmental ethics and agriculture at the University of British Columbia and abroad; she holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Diploma in Fashion Design from the Blanche Macdonald Centre. In 2016 she was the recipient of a Mayor’s Art Award as the Emerging Artist in Craft and Design.

Date and Time

Tuesday, March 13 | 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (3 hours)

Location

UBC Farm | 3461 Ross Drive

Cost

$45 ($38 student pricing) + GST

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