9 June 2011 Gyotaku
Pronounced ghee - o - tah - koo. Gyo referring to fish, taku referring to impressions. The art of Japanese fish printing. I am told that this art was developed in Japan over 100 years ago to record trophy fish catches. Pretty creative if you don't have a camera. Gyotaku is yet another skill I have picked up while in Antarctica. At least I think I was getting the hang of it. There were some fish who didn't survive the transport back to the station from our fishing trips. Instead of immediately disposing of them we froze them for an evening of fish printing. So, instead of serving scientific advancement these noble fish served the continuation of the Japanese and will live on in our designs. We used exclusively icefishes.
We cleaned up the carpentry shop, covered the tools and thawed the fish. They were place upon foam padding and we were off. We made some homemade ice cream and had a paint party. I was very impressed with the creativity that abounded. There were some beautiful prints both on paper and on t-shirts. Or, in Devin's case, he printed on pillow cases. They came out great as you can see.
I should have taken more pictures of the final products but I did not. If I can find anyone that did, I'll post them up in future journals. It' pretty easy but it does take a little practice to make sure the wrinkles are out of the material and the paint is applied in the appropriate amounts - not too thick. And that you lift it off carefully. No re-dos on these. And I am happy to report - you can try at home!
Longitude: 62° 54' 0" W