In the footsteps of traditional nature printing.
Wonders of nature printing
An ancient Asian method of printing fish has been the inspiration behind the artwork in our art prints, calendars and gift cards.
In Japan there’s a long tradition of using a method known as Gyotaku to document the fishermen’s catch. In this method ink is applied directly on the natural subject, which is then rubbed on—or pressed against—washi paper to create an image.
Images made with gyotaku are at the same time rough and sketch-like, and faithful to nature in all its delicate detail.
The cover art of our yearly calendars and always delightful Gift Cards have also illustrations made with the method of nature printing.
For Teemu, gyotaku is a natural and exciting way to record a catch. It’s all part of a unique and beneficent, personal nature experience.
The method captures fishes and plants extremely delicately, repeating even the tiniest little details such as fish scales, and stems and veins of a plant. In gyotaku I use the same Japanese sumi ink that I also use with my reed pen illustrations.
This ancient Asian printing method is such a fascinating way to record memories and experiences in the wilderness. The end result with gyotaku printing resembles a fossil or a cave painting.
Gyotaku – Japanese 魚拓, from words gyo “fish” and taku “rubbing”
Our packing materials have also been inspired by gyotaku. A delicate clover print is a pattern Teemu has created using the method of nature printing.
Shop Gyotaku inspired products
Spruce branch art print45,00 €
Leaves mini poster set19,00 €
Goat willow branch art print35,00 €
Pondweed mini poster6,00 €
Clover mini poster6,00 €
Goat willow mini poster6,00 €
Zander art print35,00 €
Spruce branch tea towel21,90 €
Pondweed art print35,00 €
Goat willow tea towel21,90 €
Gift CardFrom 25,00 €