Gyotaku, or fish printing, has many possibilities for printmaking and multimedia artists. In Japan, artists combine traditional fish rubbing with nature-printed plants, insects, seaweeds and rocks to create underwater scenes. Learn the traditional Japanese art of Gyotaku to create a series of exquisitely detailed prints of local fish on rice paper. Add the appearance of natural elements by printing plants and manipulate the paper to create the impression of water. On the last day, learn three different ways of finishing the work, from the traditional wet mount to collage and mounting on a wrapped canvas.
About the Instructor
Exposed to Gyotaku (Japanese fish rubbing) in 1976, Heather Fortner is passionate about this art and has taught the technique for over twenty-five years. Trained by master Japanese and American Gyotaku printmakers, she combines plant and nature printing with Gyotaku to create underwater scenes. With a degree from the University of Hawaii'i in Natural Sciences, Heather authored a book on Hawaii's edible seaweeds, and this appreciation for seaweed carries into her Gyotaku images. Her work has been displayed in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and is featured in books on nature printing in both Japan and nationally.
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