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ing ever since.” His passion for Gyotaku began early as well. He did his first rubbing at the age of 10, teaching himself the art over several years. In his mid-20s, A.G. moved to Canada to enjoy the unparalleled fishing of the Campbell River area. Since then, he has expanded his practice both as a fishing guide and Gyotaku artist, and has broadened the scope of Gyotaku to include diverse compositions of texture and color. Over the past two decades, he has done more than onethousand Gyotaku prints. In addition to direct method Gyotaku (chokusetsu-ho) which A.G. performs, where color is applied to the fish and transferred to the cloth; there is also an indirect process of the art (kansetsu-ho). In this second method the fabric is placed over the fish and the color painted on with a silk and cotton ball. Both are authentic. A.G. adds that custom Gyotaku prints can be commissioned, using stock impressions of various species and sizes of fish, colored to match a photograph taken of your catch. Whether direct printed from your catch or commissioned, it’s a prized memento of a fishing adventure – and a great alternative to mounting a fish. “Some people don’t like hanging dead fish on the wall!” A.G. laughs. And after the Gyotaku print is done, you can still serve your catch for dinner.

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Want to try your hand at Gyotaku? For a schedule of “The Art of Fish Print” workshops. Contact the Nature Printing Society: www.natureprintingsociety.org AG-Fish Enterprises Eiji (AG) Umemura P.O.Box 458 Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island, BC, V0P 1N0 (250) 285-2770 www.agrishprints.com

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