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Steinunn Gunnsteinsdóttir admits that it took her family more than a few attempts to be able to make leather from fish skins.
“The first 200 times we just made smelly fish soups,” she says.
Ms. Gunnsteinsdóttir is the sales manager of Icelandic company Atlantic Leather, which owns the only fish tannery in Europe.
Overlooking a fjord on Iceland’s remote north coast, since 1994 it has been processing the skins of salmon, perch, cod, and wolffish.
The tanning process takes between three and four weeks, and 19 employees now produce 10,000 skins, or nearly a tonne, of fish leather a month.
“The fish smell disappears in the early stages, then it smells like any other leather,” adds Ms. Gunnsteinsdóttir, who is the daughter of the founders.
The company gets all its fish from sustainable stocks, via Icelandic, Norwegian and Faroe Island fishing fleets, and unlike the worst examples in the global cow leather industry, its tanning process is as environmentally friendly as possible.
Now forming, Salón SolaisEile, (Otherlight) is an Aesthetic-Value Worker Cooperative for the ArtScience of Design, Fashion, Letter, and Word, a broad spectrum of interests will be pursued for sake of edification and pleasure.
Central to that raison d’être is a mission to formally explore the practical feasibility and development of Fleet Réalta Corps, a unique Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation.
It is intended as a Co-operative Capitalist, Federated Union of Worker-Owned Maker Cooperatives providing critical information and infrastructure as a service, and dedicated to Economic Democracy for Social Democracy.
The salon and this proposed federation are inspired by the ArtScience Culture Lab and Café at Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2007 it was founded in Paris by inventor, material scientist, and Harvard Professor David Edwards, and is an interdisciplinary culture lab that invites visitors to explore the experiments and wonders of innovative artists, artisans, designers, chefs, and more, who are discovering, innovating at the frontiers of science.
When any presumed scientific authority states that something is possible to make, they are almost certainly right, and whenever such an authority states that something is impossible to make, they are in all probability wrong.
The only way of discovering the limits of “The Possible” is to risk our time, talent, and treasure to venture just a little way beyond that into “The Impossible”.
The associated risk of these ventures must be predicated on their potential for ensuring the fitness of our species survival, executing them in form and in function, so advanced as to appear indistinguishable from magic.