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Fish-Rubbing Placemats - Set of 4 Fish-Rubbing Placemats - Set of 4

Fish-Rubbing Placemats - Set of 4

Made in the USA

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  • Made in the USA: Cape Cod, MA
  • Material: Stain-resistant laminate vinyl
  • Care: Wipe clean with damp cloth
  • Set of 4 matching placemats
  • Handmade
  • Dimensions: 11" x 17"
  • Weight: 1 lb
Made in the USA


5 avg. (47 reviews)

Handy for cottage use!
07/06/2019 by Ann
The placemats are attractive and useful. Made well too.Easy to clean.
Very Creative
01/21/2019 by Josephine
I bought the assorted fish placemats for my son and his family's lake house. They loved them! The artist is very creative, the colors are so vivid, the quality of workmanship is wonderful! I was very impressed with them!
Great addition to my florida hime
01/01/2019 by Denise
These are as beautiful as the picture. Very happy with them
Star Lights!
11/17/2018 by Margaret G
These placemats are to be a Christmas gifts to dear friends who have a blue and white theme in their home. Believe they will be thrilled with this gift.
Don’t know what this mean.
07/26/2018 by Mary
Very nice item. There was one glitch about the shipping cost which seemed disproportionately high. After a few communications, the problem was resolved.
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Fish-Rubbing Placemats - Set of 4

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Striking fish rubbing placemats are created by artist and fisherman John Doherty using Gyotaku, a centuries-old technique of painting an actual fish and then rubbing it on paper to capture the print. The placemats serve as functional art and brighten up any dining space—whether or not you’re serving seafood.

Fish Aye Trading

Most people would be turned off by the mess on the deck of a fishing boat, but John Doherty found it inspiring. After noticing the graphic imprint left behind by a bluefish he caught, John started experimenting with the ancient art of Gyotaku, or fish rubbing. He paints the body of a saltwater fish with water-based paints, then places fabric on top and gently rubs it to make a print. He finishes the piece with a single Chinese character, which he selects depending on the personality of the fish, what time of day it was caught, and his mood when he reeled it in.
Centuries ago, people used painted fish rubbings to document different species. John’s prints document his Cape Cod catch, preserving details such as the patterns of fish scales. His prints also celebrate his love of the ocean and marine life. Liz Boksanski, a friend of John, told us about his artwork and we were hooked right away. We love the authenticity of his work and the fact that he sees the process through to the end: After painting, John washes, fillets, and eats each fish.
We first launched Fish Aye Trading back in 2012 with a set of four placements. Now, we're also featuring the original artwork on nautical prints and decorative trays with driftwood accents. They’re all a great catch. more Their Story

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