DIY Fishleather

24-25 March 2018 with Adrine Pool

the secrets of fishleather

Learn how to make a high-quality product as fish leather from 100% waste material as fish skin. In this two-day workshop you will carry out the whole process of making fish leather; the second day you will focus on the specific ways of dyeing fish skin with vegetable dyes. The workshops are suited for beginners as well as for those who have acquired some skill in tanning. (flyer in Dutch

first day - making fishleather

This course allows you to be guided through the full process of tanning. You will learn three methods whereby you will apply traditional techniques, using all natural tanning agents such as olive oil, egg, tree bark, salt, spices, fruit. Qualities like firmness and thickness you determine by the way of tanning; softness and pliability are reached by your skills working the skins. Clamping, glazing and finishing will have a lot of influence as well.

second day - natural colouring fishleather

You will work towards a well-organized sample book. There will be pieces of fish leather - tanned in different ways - at your disposal. You will learn to dye without heating, using genista, cochenille, madder, iron and an organic indigo bath. We will compare cold mordant methods as to their effect on the colours and on the leather and make the acquaintance of materials that mordant and dye at the same time. You will be challenged to create stronger colours, with due respect for the quality of the fish leather. Professional tests on lightfastness underpin the knowledge passed on in this workshop.


You will get an handout with instructions and background about the DIY Fishleather.

about Adrine Pool

Adrine Pool, with her roots in West-Friesland in the Netherlands full with lakes and canals, is dedicated to tanning her own fishleather with only natural materials. After her study Andragology she started to work as a creative teacher, where she could live her passion for arts & crafts. Through several workshops in Sweden at Lotta Rahme she learned about the knowledge of the Inuit, the Saami and the Nort Canadian Indians in natural tanning. She combines this knowledge with tannins from the southern part of the world.


All workshops are being taught in Dutch and/or English. We will serve fresh coffee and homemade lunches, with healthy salades, farmers bread and several Dutch cheeses.

disclamer : Images are not exemplary of products that will be exactly made by participants

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