What is Gyotaku?
With gyotaku, one applies paint to the fish, lays paper on top of the fish and rubs that paper gently over the fish to pick up the imprints until finally peeling it off. Each piece is lovingly made and one-of-a-kind! And there's lots of flexibility in this art form depending on the paint or print stock used. One could use anything from rice paper to a much firmer canvas.
Each uniquely crafted print from Fishaye is made on archival art paper and looks stellar just as a print or can be accented with a rustic driftwood frame adding depth and some serious swashbuckling swag! The winner gets a framed portrait so shout it from the rooftops!
And there's more good news, the winner gets to choose their own print stunningly framed in a naturally-aged cedar with such rustic flair. From the sea straight to your walls. As shown in the photo above, it includes clear museum-quality acrylic and hanging hardware.
He finishes the piece with a single Chinese character, which he selects depending on the personality of the fish, what time of day it was caught, and his mood when he reeled it in. Each portrait is also signed by the artist and labelled.
And I must mention...after painting, John washes, fillets, and eats each fish! No waste here. We surely appreciate that!
What's fabulous about Fishaye Trading...
John launched his business in 2012 with a set of four placements and now has expanded to nautical prints and decorative trays. The trays are spectacular, be sure to check them out. Envision yourself serving up fresh squeezed lemonade on a starfish tray today! And just like the framed prints, the trays are lined with driftwood giving them such rustic appeal.
Fishaye Trading is reminiscent of your favorite local restaurant that focuses on quality over quantity. These types of mom and pop diners offer less selection but the caliber of the food is always better. Because we've all been to that restaurant that offers hundreds of choices that all are just.....okay. Less is best.
And that is what John does so well by focusing on less. His concentrated efforts reveal art that is real, raw and riveting. You'll love this piece hanging in your dwelling! Every time I walk past it putting the laundry away, it makes my thoughts drift to pleasant days by the sea! I even forget about the snow for a few moments.
Let's talk about that 2nd place winner!
Just like the prints, the placements are done through the same fish rubbing technique. They will most certainly brighten up any spot you entertain, both indoors and even outside on your patio set. And there's no reason why you couldn't frame these as well if you wish, they are lovely like the prints!
Serving seafood on them seems appropriate, but they are ideal no matter what you're serving if you have kids or grandkids. So easy to wipe clean! The lucky winner gets to choose their own set of four of these placemats!
- Made in the USA: Cape Cod, MA
- Material: Stain-resistant laminate vinyl
- Care: Wipe clean with damp cloth
- Set of 4 matching placemats
- Dimensions: 11" x 17"
- Weight: 1 lb.
Room inspiration Fishaye style!
Nautical theme. Why not? Maybe we don't live right near water and sure we never scored that lakeside cottage we were dreaming about (insert sob story here) but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some swashbuckling decor. Blue + white. Shiplap. Bright, airy, rustic and flowing.
And isn't that what excellent art does? It inspires you? Amazing how one piece of art, our new tuna print in a cedar driftwood frame helped me decide after ten years how to decorate and define this space. When it's complete, I'll post photo's. Until then, just think about white curtains with navy blue poms poms and fringe....yes....yes!
This framed print has kickstarted my decorating efforts and that's not an easy task!
- 1st prize - Rustic nautical print from FishAye Trading in a cedar driftwood frame ($140 value!) You choose the print to be framed!!!
- 2nd prize - Set of four nautical themed placements ($40 value)