Fish Rubbing

The Origin
Inspired by the Japanese art form of Gyotaku which dates back to the mid 1800’s when fisherman took rubbings as a way to record the fish that they caught, this highly unique and sought-after printmaking workshop is a contemporary take on an ancient tradition with a stunning Susie Ray twist.

Fish rubbing

Learning to fish rub

Busy perfecting techniques

Incredible results first time

Wonderful results

Experimenting with seaweed

Adding finishing touches

The Process
Using oil paints and cotton cloth - the modern alternative to the edible ink and rice paper of yesteryear - you will follow in the footsteps of those fisherman and produce a series of unique and striking pieces of artwork. You will capture the incredible detail and intricate markings of beautiful Cornish fish, and have fun playing with different coastal objects handpicked and prepared by Susie. Fish, shells, feathers and other seashore gems found along the coast will be available, as well as the benefit of Susie’s exquisite experience in this rare and almost forgotten art form.

Inspiration and creation

Beautiful results

Great work

The Workshop
You will complete the fun and interactive workshop with your rubbings ready to frame or hang as beautiful additions to your home and being washable, you could even transform them into bags, lampshades or cushion covers. And that’s just for starters. Having mastered the skill, you’ll have the confidence to continue at home so the world really is your oyster!

A typical fish rubbing workshop includes:

  • Welcome and workshop introduction
  • Fish rubbing demo from Susie
  • Roll up your sleeves and as a group take it in turns to get rubbing with one-on-one guidance from Susie
  • Opportunity to experiment and have fun with various objects

From £60 per person
For groups of 6 – 12 people
Typically 4 hours
Suitable for everyone, absolutely no experience needed

Fish Rubbing Workshop
  19th January 2pm till 6pm- Sold Out
     2nd March 2pm till 6pm - Book Now

See some of the pictures from Susie's recent fish rubbing and Christmas rubbing classes and hear what her students had to say about the experience here.