Residential "Gyotaku" Japanese NATURE printing in Pembrokeshire Wales

Printing hands 2014


The art of “Gyotaku” printing, a workshop on the art of Japanese fish printing led by Deborah Withey, award-winning designer, illustrator and printmaker of Cheese + Pickles Studio in lovely, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Participants have the opportunity to learn the traditional printing method of Gyotaku, (“gyo” meaning fish and “taku” meaning rubbing), which Japanese fishermen used to record their catch in the 1800s. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to create a variety of prints on both dry and wet paper and fabric. Each one will be a "mono print" original, and unique to the fish and to you!

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Flat fish (like plaice and sole!) ink and paper are included in the fee, but not fabric, please bring plain white cotton or poly-cotton pillow cases or pieces of sheeting to print on. Charity shop material can be the best, if you buy new, wash it first.

We will print in the traditional Japanese method of "recording the catch" and will be using freshly-caught fish. If you are vegan, I would like to say that the fish we employ were not caught specifically for the workshop, and by printing it we are honouring its unique character and beauty.


Deborah Withey at Cheese + Pickles Design Studio / Henry Hedgepodge Academy

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Henry Hedgepodge Academy of ART
The Green Shed Merlin's Bridge, Old Hakin Road
SA61 1XE

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


2 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Sophie - - #23212

The Gyotaku workshop was inspiring and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Thank you to Deborah, who was generous with her time, and really interesting to speak with about this art form. I am really happy with my prints and loved that I had lots of opportunities to be experimental with them.

Response from Cheese + Pickles Design Studio / Henry Hedgepodge Academy:

Thank you! Come again anytime to visit @HedgepodgeART. Stay in touch, would love to keep up with your GCSE portfolio work! Debs

Sian - - #16965

Had a really lovely time creating Gyotaku with Deborah. The course was excellent and it's amazing the effect you get from printing from a real fish! It was fun and we learnt enough to create more Gyotaku at home. I would definitely recommend Gyotaku with Deborah and St David's where we did the course is a great town (actually the smallest city in the UK), well worth a visit,nice shops, food and impressive cathedral. Thanks very much!

Response from Cheese + Pickles Design Studio / Henry Hedgepodge Academy:

,Thank you so much for your thoughtful review and for mentioning what St. Davids has to offer as well!

Kate - - #11371

I loved this course, the whole experience is inspirational and you come away with so many ideas and also a large selection of beautiful fish prints! I could have done this all day! Thank you Debs for introducing me to the intriguing and beautiful art of Gyotaku.

Angela - - #10746

This course is great fun and the results are stunning. Deb is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We experimented with different fish, printing on fabric, wet and dry paper and introducing textures. I came away with so many ideas. Brilliant course. Thank you so much Deb.

Lynn Garner - - #3018

Wanted to take this workshop again so that I could experiment with fabric, great afternoon with exceptional teacher and lovely fellow participants.
Would recomment to anyone whether they just want to plass a wet afternoon or gain some real experience of this technique, Deb with cater for you all.

Gwyneth - - #1497

Wanted to try this technique after teafing a magazine article. Deb's enthusiasm for the subject really shone through and the course was fun and interesting producing some very pleasing prints. Definitely worth having a go.

Jolene Cerry - - #844

Loved the results! Very inspiring!

Fiona Hill - - #391

I had so much fun on this course: results are awesome. You can be sure you will walk away with a handful of creations you can be proud of. Debs is a great teacher, very patient and encouraging. Children love this workship too - it is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Lauren - - #390

This is a really cool course. I was 11 when I did it and it was so much fun and I hope I can do it again. Debs was so patient and helpful :)

ann conway - - #386

It was the most exciting workshop I have
ever done, my friends were amazed, a lot
have never heard of Gyotaku, so I spread
the word! Looking forward to doing some
more in June. ANN

Maggie B - - #375

This course is great fun and the results are stunning. Debs is an enthusiastic teacher who encourages you experiment and discover your creative potential.

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