Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
University of Arts London - Elisa Palomino
Iceland University of the Arts - Katrín Káradóttir
The Cumulus conference took place at Rovaniemi, Finland as part of the Arctic and Sustainable Art and Design session.
FISHSkin researchers Elisa Palomino and Katrín Káradóttir together with Lotta Rahme (Lottas tannery, Sweden) and Joseph Boon (The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK) delivered the lecture Indigenous Arctic Fish skin clothing traditions: Cultural and ecological impacts on Fashion Higher Education as part of “Around the Campfire - Resilience and Intelligence" conference.
The presentation described the fish skin workshop delivered at the world’s biggest fish skin tannery – Atlantic Leather in Iceland – where an experienced Swedish craftsperson passed down the endangered Arctic fish skin craft to the next generation of Nordic students from universities in the circumpolar area (Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland) and UK, part of the sustainable fashion higher education program.
The students mapped their creative journey, explored the rich cultural background around fish skin in the Arctic and created a collection of fish skin samples with the help and guidance by the fish skin experts.
“Around the Campfire - Resilience and Intelligence" conference discussed especially the topic of resilience. What are the means, medium and methodologies of art, design and media in contributing to the adaptability and novel innovation in coping with everyday life, geographical extremes and societal challenges? How are the topics of sustainability and resilience interconnected and interwoven? The discussion is complemented by intelligence that is visible through design applications that embrace smart, green and social innovation.