Nordic Fish Leather Day

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Join us for the exclusive Nordic Fish Leather Day, co-hosted with the renowned Icelandic tannery, Nordic Fish Leather. This event features a captivating agenda that covers the historical significance of fish leather, the cutting-edge tanning processes employed by Nordic Fish Leather, and its application in modern designs for interiors, fashion, and more.

Explore the event's lineup, including a special presentation and meet & greet session with Hlynur Ársælsson, leader of Tannery Nordic Fish Leather. We are especially honored to host Dr. Elisa Palomino from Florence, who will deliver two exceptional lectures to inspire designers and makers: 'The Evolution of Fish Skin: Ancient Techniques and Contemporary Uses' and 'Fish Leather Embellishments: Tradition Meets Modernity.' Following her insightful sessions, Daniel Ankarstrand, creator of the fashion brand Kristian Eddé, will host a talk and lead a hands-on workshop where participants can work directly with fish leather. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with fellow designers and craftspeople, drawing inspiration from the innovative and versatile world of fish leather.

Practical course details

Learning outcomes and program

Nordic Fish Leather Day - Event Program

10:00 AM: Opening Remarks by Justin de Kleer

10:05 AM: Lecture: "The Evolution of Fish Skin: Ancient Techniques and Contemporary Uses" by Dr. Elisa Palomino

11:00 AM: Presentation of Nordic Fish Leather by Hlynur Ársælsson

11:30 AM: Coffee Break with Drinks & Bites

12:00 PM: Lecture: "Fish Leather Embellishments: Tradition Meets Modernity" by Dr. Elisa Palomino

1:00 PM: A Talk & Hands-On Workshop by Kristian Eddé, led by Daniel Ankarstrand

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM: Closing Reception with Drinks and Snacks


Barwoutswaarder 23
3449 HE Woerden
The Netherlands

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  • 1 day of inspiration
  • Drinks & snacks and small lunch
  • A presentation of Hlynur Ársælsson from Nordic Fish Leather
  • Two lectures of Elisa Palomino PhD
  • A small workshop by Kristian Eddé
  • A Salmon skin of Nordic Fish Leather
  • Tools and workshop materials - tools remain the property of Leatherbox

After the workshop you can also take home your created design.


  • Hotel and flight expenses (if relevant)

Read more under the heading 'Terms and Conditions'.

Terms and conditions

On the Leatherbox webshop you will find leather crafting events from Leatherbox and from third parties. Leatherbox offers leather workers the opportunity to stay informed of activities that help to increase their knowledge and skills in one place. In regards to the workshops of third parties, Leatherbox only offers the platform to promote the event. Leatherbox is not responsible for the organization or content quality of the event. Always contact the organizer if you have any questions, for registration or if you have complaints.

You can register for multiple events. After your registration you will receive two confirmation emails, one payment confirmation email and one event confirmation email.

Two weeks prior to the course you will receive a final email with practical information about your participation, such as the program and directions.

Cancel or change your registration
The following cancellation conditions apply to Leatherbox events and workshops.

In case of cancellation by the participant, the following costs apply:

  • Cancellation up to 3 days after registration: free of charge
  • Cancellation within 30 days prior to the event: 25% of the participation fee
  • Cancellation within 14-30 days prior to the event: 50% of the participation fee
  • Cancellation within 14 days of the event: 100% of the participation fee

Replacing the participant is always allowed. Please contact Leatherbox for this.

Leatherbox has the right to move or cancel the workshop if the minimum number of participants is not reached, or in the event of unforeseen circumstances (such as illness of the teacher). In that case, the participant may cancel free of charge and receives the participation fee back. Leatherbox is not responsible for costs incurred by the participant such as transport or hotel stays.

Change registration
Did you make a mistake during your registration and do you want to change your details? This is always possible. Please contact us.

Always contact the organizer directly for the cancellation conditions of external events.

Leather crafting materials are required for most of the Leatherbox events. Sometimes these are fully provided by the organizer, but in most cases the participant is responsible for providing part of the workshop materials. You will always find an overview of this on the event page. Don't have all the necessary materials for the workshop? Order the missing materials in our webshop, or contact Leatherbox. The participant is responsible for arranging the materials in time.

For orders just before the course date, or if you do not have the right materials with you on the day itself, we cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient stock in our wholesale. Therefore, place an order as soon as possible, so that you have the materials at home prior to your participation. Do you want us to prepare your order for you on the course day? Then choose 'Pick up in the store' and send us a message that these items are for the workshop (mail to stating the workshop and your webshop order number).

Leatherbox is not responsible for the loss or breakdown of materials and tools during the workshop.

The materials that Leatherbox provides are on loan and intended to be able to follow the workshop. These materials remain the property of Leatherbox. You can take home the design you make during the workshop.

There is a minimum and maximum number of participants for each workshop or event. Is a workshop fully booked, but would you still like to participate? Leave your details on the waiting list. Then you will be the first to receive a message if a spot becomes available, or if a new date is scheduled. Is the minimum number of participants not reached? Then Leatherbox has the right to move or cancel the workshop. In that case you may leave your registration for the new date, or cancel it free of charge.

Lecturer Background and Overview

Elisa Palomino PhD

Meet Dr. Elisa Palomino, a fashion designer with over 25 years of experience in the luxury fashion industry, having worked with brands like John Galliano and Christian Dior. As the Fashion Print Director at Central Saint Martins in London and an international lecturer, Elisa has dedicated over a decade to the study of nature-based materials. She holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Fashion and Anthropology from the London College of Fashion.

Elisa's work sits at the crossroads of anthropology, education, and sustainable fashion. She has extensively researched and published on the integration of Indigenous knowledge and heritage into modern design, focusing particularly on documenting ancient leather crafts. Leading projects like the EU-funded Horizon 2020 FishSkin, Elisa has also been recognised as a Fulbright scholar, a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and as a joint KHI-ANAMED fellow. Currently, she serves as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, specialising in Indigenous cultural heritage, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Visual Anthropology, and Museum Studies.

About the Teacher

Daniel Ankarstrand

Meet Daniel Ankarstrand, the visionary behind the fashion luxury brand Kristian Eddé, where craftsmanship meets environmental consciousness. Originating from a career in social work, Daniel’s profound appreciation for design led him to master the art of leather crafting. He launched his own brand in 2016, driven by a desire to create high-end accessories that are not only beautiful but also kind to nature.

Daniel’s signature material is salmon leather, an innovative and eco-friendly choice. This remarkable material, sourced from the Nordic Sea and tanned by Nordic Fish Leather in Iceland, is a by-product of the fish industry, turning potential waste into wearable art. At his Stockholm atelier, every piece is crafted by hand with utmost precision. Daniel’s passion for salmon leather shines through his work, making each creation a testament to sustainable luxury and meticulous design.

Nordic Fish Leather

From waste to fashion

Nordic Fish Leather, our partner and co-organizer of Nordic Fish Leather Day. Rooted in Iceland, this tannery transforms discarded fish skins into luxurious fashion materials. Operating CO2-neutrally, it uses only skins from sustainably caught fish, certified for quality.

Starting two decades ago, the initiative now produces top-quality fish leather, promoting eco-friendly practices. Utilizing geothermal energy and overseeing the entire tanning process, the tannery ensures minimal environmental impact.

Our partnership with Leatherbox underscores a shared commitment to sustainable, innovative design, offering designers globally the chance to work with exceptional, ethically sourced materials.

Leatherbox Academy

Brings leatherworkers together to a higher level

The Leatherbox Academy is a platform that connects leather professionals in their passion for leather crafting. By offering events and workshops, the Leatherbox Academy supports leather workers of every level in developing knowledge and skills to achieve the best results.