Mapping of CCIs cross-sectoral innovation in the Northern Dimension countries

A Study of Collaboration and Innovation in the Northern Dimension Countries by Dr Petya Koleva, a key output of the project “Cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation within Creative and Cultural Industries - practices, opportunities and policies within the area of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture”. Research methods, core objectives and findings are presented in the study. In total 121 cases are included in this document, they are grouped in three main domains of cross-sectoral innovation initiatives corresponding to the themes of the Experts’ Focus Groups held during the course of the project.

FISHSKIN (2019–2023) is a project that aims to increase the market take-up of fish leather to an industrial scale. It seeks to do this by integrating knowledge from different disciplines, Fashion Design, Material Science and Marine Biology, to form a new collective knowledge through which academic and industrial experts will strive to develop new techniques and methodologies. This involves offering secondments and network training events. A key project partner is the Iceland University of the Arts. This project builds on the successful experience of a WORTH PARTNERSHIP funded by European Commission, EASME, under (COSME 2014–2020).

 In that project, the UK based fashion designer Elisa Palomino joined with fish leather manufacturers Atlantic Leather and Campomaggi & Caterina Lucchi Spa to develop a fish skin leather accessories collection to increase the use and sustainability of fish leather in the luxury fashion industry. The collaboration is a fine example of an innovative way of linking the preservation of traditional knowledge and culture and the development of relevant fashion items taking in consideration the sustainable limits of the planet’s natural resources.

 Elisa Palomino, is currently the Course Director for BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins and member of University of the Arts Textile Future Research Centre (TFRC). She has an extensive history of working across educational institutions including international universities, museums and galleries and has been working in the Fashion Luxury industry for 25 years. The RISE partnership FISHSKIN is funded by: the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Programme