Sunday, September 23, 2012

Something to Remember Me

One of my mentors from my college days at UVM is moving on to another position out of state.  I attribute her with piquing my interest in aquatic ecosystems, and she also hired the man into her lab that eventually became my husband.  So, needless to say, she's had a big influence on my life.  I stopped by the other day to say goodbye, and gave her this Gyotaku fabric/rice paper collage to remember me by.  The fish are printed on rice paper, and sewed onto a back drop of very light rice paper that I tinted with watercolor.  A piece of orange fabric with bubbly blue dots underlies the entire piece.

The little fish are smelt that once lived in Lake Champlain.  I embellished them with some beads.  The big fish lurking in the corner is a Brook Trout that once lived in the ECHO Lake Aquarium.  It's giant for a Brook Trout, and is posing as a Lake Trout to be more lake ecosystem appropriate.

These are my chops and signature.  The square cop translates to "Water Art and Life", and the circular chop represents the stylized initials of myself and Brian.


  1. Breathtaking Gretchen...what a nice gift!

  2. I really like these a lot. Do you offer them on your Etsy page?

    1. Hi Tauromaja! I don't have any on my Etsy site yet, but plan to soon. I have three gyotaku rice paper / fabric collages in a show right now, which I should be getting back soon. As soon as I do, I'll post them in my shop!

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    1. HI Julie,

      Sorry for the delayed reply. The show in New Hampshire was a good experience. It was good for me to create a new body of work with a goal in mind. I posted a few pictures in my most recent blog post. Thanks for inquiring!