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.

Busy perfecting techniques

Incredible results first time

Experimenting with seaweed

Adding finishing touches

Visit our fish Rubbing Gallery to see more examples


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.

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!

Something Different -  Susie has sourced some lovely tea towels, napkins and perhaps even cushions should you want to create gifts for you friends or your home.  A small charge will be made for each item.  Plenty of our normal fabric will be supplied as usual.

A typical fish rubbing workshop includes:

  • Welcome and workshop introduction
  • Fish rubbing demo from Susie
  • All the materials
  • A tea towel ready for printing
  • 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

We are currently working on our 2022 schedule.  If you would like to join one of our websites please send your details and we will get in touch asap.

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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.