A day dedicated to vegetable skin and its natural color change on November 15th 2018 was a great event: the Italian Genuine Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium organized at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo.
There were over than 300 sector operators, the event “Il color of time, the color of art “. In the Exhibition Hall of the Italian Cultural Institute, for the entire day, the exhibition “The color of time, the color of art”, a mix of products from Tuscan tanneries associated with the Consortium, creations made by students, was opened to the public. international participants in the “Craft The Leather” International Design Competition organized by the Consortium and works of art made by contemporary Tuscan artists: Romano Masoni, Gianmarco Passerini, Maria Grazia Morini, Luca Macchi, Karl-Heinz Hartmann-Oels, Giuseppe Lambertucci, Riccardo Luchini, Antonio Bobò. Source: Real Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium
The Consortium’s annual event this year focused on one of the most distinctive features of vegetable skin: the slow and natural color change. To introduce the day Paolo Quagli, Board Member, who told the activities of the Consortium and its new headquarters, Casaconcia, as well as presenting the latest news regarding the restyling of the Warranty Card, or the instrument that certifies the quality, the origin and tradition of leather made by the 22 associated tanneries. To enter into the specific topic of the seminar was Dr. Gustavo Adrián Defeo, expert in analytical chemistry and color physics, starting from a historical narration of vegetable tanning and finally arriving at the analysis of the study conducted by the Ars Tinctoria Laboratory of Santa Croce sull’Arno about the evolution of skin color to vegetable over time. A study that has shown that the color inevitably changes and acquires warmer tones even in cold colors and intensifies for a long time until you get to the characteristic tannin color. In conclusion, Simone Remi, President of the Consortium, introduced the concept of color in art, then went on to talk about Tuscan artisans and their concept of art. Speaking of these themes, we talked about the activities of Casaconcia, defined as an “exhibition center where art, artists and artisans cross each other, with exhibitions of graphics, sculpture, photography and painting, wanting to show themselves and tell their experiences”.