“Hidden Beauty- Inner Skins asks the question of whether or not we can overcome stereotypical aesthetics and appreciate beauty for its appearance: how can we change our habitual perception? Based on experimental material research, inner skins from sheep, pigs and cows, animal entrails like bladders and intestines that are usually considered as unappealing and disposed of as special waste, are now used to create unique and beautiful objects. If the skins are considered honestly, their unprecedented form and uncommon leathery surface reveal their hidden value. An elaborate vegetable tanning process transforms the material into leather which serves as a primary material for distinctive objects that no longer need to deny their origins.
To preserve the skins they were tanned. The processing of raw animal skins into leather is called tanning at which tannins form a chemical compound with the collagen network of the skin. The designers choose the more environmentally friendly vegetable tanning process, which is much more time consuming than the common, but also controversial chrome tannin.
They contacted the leather company Breuninger in Schorndorf, manufacturer of usual leather using vegetable tanning agents. Breuninger kindly supported the project with their expertise and the provision of their premises.” (Studio Gutedort, 2015)
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tel: Eva Schlechte 0049 – 1636442208
tel: Jennifer Hier 0049 – 17680852814
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– Schlechte, E. & Hier, J.(2015) Hidden Beauty – Inner Skins. Retrieved from http://www.gutedort.de/?page_id=42