2 sessions, Sundays, 1pm-5pm
Feb 11 and 18, Strathcona Community Garden Eco-Pavilion, 759 Malkin Ave Vancouver
This is an update of our very popular fundraising class from the fall, exploring the ancient practice of making leather from fish skins. Fish leather was known in cultures all over the world, from Asia to Europe to Turtle Island; was made commercially in Europe and North America during the early 20th Century, and is now practiced by artisanal and luxury tanneries in Europe and Australia. When carefully prepared to remove all oils and fully tanned, the finished leather smells like any other vegetable-tanned leather.
Salmon skins are thin yet very durable, and can be made into a soft and pliable leather that is easy to sew. This two-afternoon workshop goes step-by-step through the process of transforming raw skins into vegetable-tanned leather in the first session; and creating durable, finished leather goods in the second session. Four skins, patterns, sewing/ riveting and tanning supplies included. Participants can expect 1-4 hours of work between sessions.
This workshop series is a fundraiser in support of the Land & Sea Project Phase 2: all proceeds go towards bringing experts from Scotland and Alaska to Vancouver to lead advanced workshops in tanning and waterproof leather sewing in September 2018…. Community Supported Learning!
Instructor: Rebecca Graham