The Greenland Fishery Project
The leather whales are created by Jon Jackson, who had a long career in design, and recently replaced the digital desktop with a set of sewing machines. The whales are made at The Greenland Fishery, an historic house which has been associated with maritime heritage, especially whaling, since the 1700s, and The Greenland Fishery Project is keeping that association alive, without harm to whales but with support and celebration of our amazing marine mammal friends.
Our collection of leather whales starts with the whales which suffered so badly from the whaling industry of the 18th and 19th centuries - the Sperm Whale,and the Right Whale and leads on to some more frivolous interpretations of whales - the Pimped Narwhal and the Great White Moby.
They're all made from leather off-cuts and reclaimed pieces so each one is unique, often with marks and imperfections - a bit like the real thing. The stuffing is a natural felt/flock substance. The little beady eye represents a potential risk to small children, so it can't be recommended as a child's toy - but they look great hung from a beam or ceiling.
We’re helping the whales by keeping our whaling heritage alive in craft.
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01223 361200 to find out which pieces are currently available.