Based in Delft, Netherlands, Nienke Hoogvliet wishes to call attention to the sustainable aspects of our daily habits. “I would like to raise awareness of the waste issues in our oceans. And to try to show the beauty of materials that come from the sea, in the hope of inspiring people to work with these more often. I wanted to show the duality between plastic waste in the oceans and the sustainable materials the oceans have to offer. Fish skins are a waste product of the fishing industry that you can also upgrade into beautiful leather. The tanning process I’ve used is done by hand, but I believe it also has the potential to be produced at a larger scale.” Tanning the skins without chemicals by using an old technique proves that a strong sustainable material can be obtained and used like ordinary leather. One can sit on a small stool that has a fish-leather seat or lie down on a rug of fish-leather dots sown into discarded fishing net.