The delicate pink calms the fiery red.
Red salmon leather and the alaska lupine
Alaska lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis)
The dense, upright flower clusters shape the Icelandic landscape in the summer months. The Alaska Lupin can be found in coastal areas, floodplains and in the highlands. The stamina and humility of this herbaceous plant is surprising. It thrives on gravel surfaces, sandy substrates and nutrient-poor soils. With the help of nodule bacteria embedded in its roots, the lupin can convert atmospheric nitrogen into organic nitrogen allowing nutrients to accumulate in the soil. The lupin fertilizes the ground and holds it together with its deep tap roots. Icelanders have made use of these beneficial properties since the 19th century. However, the Alaska lupine tends to dominate, populating areas that are already overgrown. It displaces the local flora and reduces biodiversity. For this reason, the plant is removed in certain areas.
Red salmon leather
Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
Salmon skin has small, neatly arranged scale pockets resulting in leather that looks both lavish and delicate. Often the lateral line of the fish is recognisable and enriches an otherwise quiet texture with fascinating colour nuances.
The salmon skin is preserved using the mineral tanning technique. The natural pigmentation of the fish is removed after tanning, so that the red color can be applied evenly over the skins.
The Icelandic tannery only uses skins from edible fish that would otherwise be thrown away as waste from the fish processing industry. The fish skins come from aquacultures from the North Atlantic, such as around the Faroe Islands and Norway, and not from endangered wildlife populations. The fish are not listed in the Washington Conservation Agreement (CITES).