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Fish Leather

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Everyone is familiar with leather from cattle hide. This kind of leather has become synonymous with jackets, baseball gloves, and racing pants like these.

Cowhide leather better watch out because there is a new game in town...fish leather. Fish leather typically comes from four different varieties of fish: perch, salmon, wolffish, and cod. The leather comes from fish commonly caught for food. As you might expect, this means these materials are a by-product reclaimed from food processing activities. In the past the hides have often been discarded. Fish leather is being used in everything from purses to women's shoes. Some big brands you've heard of including Prada, Dior, Nike, Ferragamo and Puma have used it in some of their products.



The leather comes in small strips or can be made into panels using 7 strips which is useful when making larger items.

Check out the salmon fish leather we have here, samples are now available.

The Nature of Creativity - Part Four

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by Heidi Kneller
Mechanical Engineer at The Payloads Concept Center, The Boeing Company

As in real life, a personal creative journey is fraught with hiccups. Even the best laid plans to become a fanatical journal-keeper will, at some point, be derailed by reality. In Part Four acceptance, and even expectation, of life’s disruptions and upheavals become more than traumatic – they become a tool.

Admit Fear

If you are not scared, you aren’t living. Fear does not have to become a weakness. Both admitting you experience fear and becoming confident letting it into your life, are not easy things to do. It certainly is easy to be so afraid of yourself that you unconsciously make choices that take you to where you most fear. Fear is the animal in us. It is being human that allows us to choose how to use it: harness it to survive, to be creative, or give in and let it take our choices away. Animals are not capable of being their own worst enemy.

I have done some very stupid things. When I think back…

The Nature of Creativity - Part Three

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by Heidi Kneller
Mechanical Engineer at The Payloads Concept Center, The Boeing Company

Recognizing that every person’s creativity equation will be different, Part Three tackles the importance of keeping a record and the different forms this record keeping can take. As always, I am sharing what I have found works best for me. You will need to discover your own iteration.

Collect and Capture

“I get so busy trying to get somewhere I miss what's on the way
No time for looking around a thousand miles an hour.
What good is getting there if I'm not happy just the way it is?
Appreciate what comes around, the sweet or sour.

Do you soak it in, this life you're living?
Do you soak it in, this life you're living?
And after all you've done and all you've seen
Will you remember anything?
Do you soak it in, this life you're living.”
(Rachel Farris, Soak)

Find a way that works for you to soak up experiences, both new and familiar. Create private records of moments when assailed wit…

The Nature of Creativity - Part Two

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by Heidi Kneller
Mechanical Engineer at The Payloads Concept Center, The Boeing Company

Yesterday, in Part One, I put some fundamental definitions in place and then I shared some of the necessary ingredients for my personal creativity. In Part Two I will share the practical ways I have found to cement those ethereal ingredients of wonder, awe, peace, gratitude, and joy into my daily creative process.

Enable Personal Creativity

I believe that the single most important facet to nurture in oneself is the ability to wonder, both to do it regularly and to have it flood over you easily, often, and unexpectedly. Being constantly wonder-full also reminds you to be grateful, it breeds reverence for our world and each other, it is contagious, and it self-propagates. Although theory is interesting, practice can be another matter entirely. Move with me from conjecture to practice. The following are empirical tools I have found essential to my creativity. Look for relevance from here and from others t…

The Nature of Creativity - Part One

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by Heidi Kneller
Mechanical Engineer at The Payloads Concept Center, The Boeing Company

Introduction

Water is always an invitation to immersion [for me], an immersion with a quality of totality, since it would accept all of me, as I am. Some primal urge invites me to return whence I came. . . There is some special delight in simply walking into a stream, stepping into a lake. The child’s delight in a puddle is my adult’s in the sea . . .” (Mathew Kelty, Flute Solo: Reflections of a Trappist Hermit)

Scuba diving is space tourism for poor people; last year I went to Mars, and this spring I went to the Moon. Breathless and weightless, I have indeed been fortunate. In 2007, I spent a week in the Costa Rican coastal rain forest learning from The Biomimicry Guild how to attack technical challenges by looking to nature for inspiration and instruction. Last year I boarded a Russian icebreaker to scuba dive off the Antarctic Peninsula, and this spring I dove off Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands and…