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Printmaking Workshop "Gyotaku" Japanese fish printing

Printmaking Workshop "Gyotaku" Japanese fish printing

This course is also taught online.

17 maes y mynach
st davids

Course Length: 2.5 hours

Price: £65

5 star rating, 7 reviewers.

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The annual summer Gyotaku fish printing event!

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 with be a "mono print" original, and unique to the fish and to you! Book by emailing Deb directly. Details below.

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 polycotton 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.

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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.


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.


Loved the results! Very inspiring!


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.


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 :)


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


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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