Process Art with Japanese Gyotaku

Toka Junior Book Pick
Ammu's Bottle Boat

Written by Niveditha Subramaniam, Illustrated by Aindri C

In verse that lightly follows the journey of Ammu’s bottle boat, award-winning writer Niveditha Subramaniam evokes the casual carelessness with which we destroy the natural world. Aindri C’s illustrations underline that horror with a clever spin on a traditional art form. The fish and sea creatures used as printing plates in the Japanese art of ‘Gyotaku’ are replaced here with plastic objects like bottle caps and bubble wrap – and the displacement of nature with modern-day trash is complete.
Toka Junior Activity
Japanese Gyotaku Prints

We explore the process of making art using the traditional Japanese Gyotaku method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. The traditional method uses actual fish, but we will use foam prints instead!

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