The Fish Bridge Project
.........has the goal of partially funding the expense of traveling to Japan to study under the tutelage of master Gyotaku printmaker Mineo Yamamoto. For nearly 2 decades, I have been developing my technique in both Chokusetsu-ho and Kansetsu-ho Gyotaku. A few years ago, I met Mineo and I have worked with him on several occasions, learning through his enthusiastic instruction.
Recently, I was invited to join him at his studio in Japan for an intensive mentoring program in the advanced techniques in Gyotaku, papermaking and Chine Colle'.
...... is a relatively new form of printmaking, the earliest surviving example dating back only to 1855. Since that time, the art form has enjoyed mutual respect in America as well as Japan. It continues to evolve to increasingly exquisite levels of fine art printmaking, and exists on all levels, from a child's craft project to recording a fisherman's catch, to fine art books and publications.
........ will go toward defraying the expense of traveling to Japan,and the cost of food and lodging and materials needed for the undertaking.
Any additional funding received beyond the total cost of the project will be used for the digital archiving of the Gyotaku works created during the mentoring session.
....... of the Fish Bridge project will be the sharing of Gyotaku techniques to other artists in the U.S., through workshops and other teaching venues. The first opportunity for which will be teaching a Gyotaku workshop at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators conference in Olympia , Washington.
The progress of the Fish Bridge project, and other Gyotaku events and information can be followed on the Icthyography Blog:
The cultural exchange of ideas through the common language of artistic pursuit contributes to making the world a bit smaller, for the right reasons and results.
I appreciate you considering getting behind this endeavor, and would appreciate it even more if you would pass on this information to anyone you know that might be interested in helping build the Fish Bridge to Japan.
Stephen Di Cerbo
- (50 days)