"A designer and an engineer join an EU-funded project to test the viability of recycling piscine waste into leather for the fashion industry; they feel success is in the bag". The times of Israel has published the story of the fruitful collaboration between three FISHSkin partners: Tanned skins from Nordic Fish Leather of Iceland were digitally printed by Israeli based Kornit Digital, featuring the work of designer Ori Topaz from Shenkar, who designed the prints and the handbags made of it.
Author Sharon Wrobel writes: "As part of the joint project, Farber and Topaz combined creativity with engineering, overcoming the technological hurdles that faced digital ink printing on fish skin, to design and manually craft two artisanal handbags, which they say serve as a proof of concept that they can be manufactured on an industrial level."
Photography: Achikam Ben Yosef, Ori Topaz
The fashion industry is looking for alternatives!
A focused article by Cecilie Jensen, published in Horizon - The EU Research & Innovation Magazine, October 2021, including a short interview with our researcher and leading coordinator Ayelet Karmon.
University of Arts London - Elisa Palomino
The report addresses the objective of innovating (traditional) creative and cultural industries and empowering cross-sectoral collaboration. The report, initiated by the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Strategy (NDPC) describes our project:
"FISHSkin (2019–2023) is a project that aims to increase the market take-up of fish leather to an industrial scale. It seeks to do this by integrating knowledge from different disciplines, Fashion Design, Material Science and Marine Biology, to form a new collective knowledge through which academic and industrial experts will strive to develop new techniques and methodologies."
Link to the Report
Link to FISHSkin contribution by our researcher Elisa Palomino of UAL. Pages 27, 34