Reynolda Pop-Up Studio: Fish Prints

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Reynolda Pop-Up Studio: Fish Prints

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Julia Hood, Education Coordinator at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, shows you how to make a fish print traditionally called  Gyotaku in Japanese, which translates to "fish rubbing."

Reynolda Pop-Up Studio: Fish Prints

For the most recent Family First workshop, we visited the Reynolda at 100: Lake  Katharine exhibition to see some images from the Reynolda House archives related to this important part of the estate. We learned about how estate residents would swim, boat and fish in the lake. (It was even the setting for a pageant based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem The Song of Hiawatha!)
After exploring the gallery, participants returned to the studio to take prints from real (once-alive) fish. Some of the younger participants observed the change in smell to the studio, but interest in the process generally outweighed any grossness factor! The process of taking imprints of fish, called gyotaku, originated in Japan in the 1800s.  While taking turns with the flounder, butterfish, croaker and porgy fish, families also made fish kites.
To learn more about the history of gyotaku and Lake Katharine, visit the links in the paragraphs above.
See the works of participants on our Flickr page.

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Very creative! 

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