A chippy turned artist from Dunsborough with a talent for printing your hero catch into a stunning work of art ready to hang, Adam Ashdown is self-taught in the practice of Gyotaku – a Japanese printing technique that requires sumi ink, a fish, and rice paper. Adam’s artwork is both beautiful and individual, and the process involved reveals multiple prints from a single fish – with the image becoming more and more detailed as the ink is slowly removed.
Adam was self-taught for a reason. There is little known about the ancient printing methods, and he learnt simply though trial and error. Adam says “It started in Japan in the 1800s and at the end of the 1900s it kind of went underground. These days you can get a bit of information on the modern technique but as far as the traditional methods go, it’s really – there’s your fish, you put sumi ink on it, and wrap it in rice paper.”