Japanese chop, hanko


fish rubbing

gyotaku fish print

Gyo (fish) taku (rubbing) was invented in Japan in the early 1800's as a way for sports fishermen to accurately record the exact size and species of fish they had caught. In the direct method of Gyotaku, inks are applied directly to the body of the fish then natural fiber papers are placed on the fish and rubbed. This results in an exact replication of the fish with an amazing amount of detail captured in the fins and scales. A "chop" or printer's mark is added as a signature. SandKat's chop means "Ocean".

Gyotaku came very naturally to Sandi Jackson & Kathy Howard (known as SandKat). Meeting in the early 80’s, they quickly became friends and began vacationing each year with their families in the Florida Keys. Their creative nature and love for the ocean evolved into their unique artwork. They enjoy preparing delicious meals from their families’ catches and their art helps record the memories of all their wonderful fishing & diving trips.

Sandi studied art in Orlando, Florida and went on to receive her Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design at the University of Central Florida. Her art interests have always been with animals, nature and the sea.

Kathy started at an early age coloring outside the lines. She worked early with metal sculpture and went on to make a living in Visual Merchandising for store windows and store planning. She received world-wide recognition for one of her designs in store front display.

Sandi & Kathy are members of The Nature Printing Society and Sandi currently works from her home in Deltona carrying on the work of SandKat. Kathy has moved to Alabama and is taking a hiatus. Sandi participates in art shows and local events and often teaches classes in Gyotaku.

Sandi is a participating artist in the new Co-op gallery in Ormond Beach named Arts on Granada.