DATE Sat, July 24th

TIME 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COST $115


Carp-e Diem: Fish Skin Processing and Use in Bookbinding
Taught by Andrew Mancuso

Fish skin is a remarkably strong, versatile, and inexpensive material that can be used in many ways for artistic creation. Throughout the day you will learn the basics of preparing and processing fish skin into beautiful leather or parchment, different tanning techniques to achieve different results, as well as the potential fish skin has as a material in bookbinding, textiles, or other fine art applications. You will come away from this workshop with three in-process skins and a small fish skin plaquette. Participants are also welcome to bring in their own catch!

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Andrew R. Mancuso (°1987, Rochester, NY United States) is an artist who mainly works in book arts and photography. Andrew loves exploring new materials and how to use them in bookbinding, he currently lives in Cleveland, OH and works as the Preservation Officer for the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University.

Supply List 

  • Large cutting board

  • 2-3 different scraping utensils (dull knife, sharp-ish knife, metal/teflon/wood spoon or other)

Lunch and a beverage

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.