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Explore Hidden Hawaii through Nature Printing

Posted on: November 24th, 2018 by heather

This is an exciting workshop April 12-16, 2019 on Molokai in the Hawaiian islands.  Only 1500 for 5 days 4 nights of exploration and printing!

Experience the original Hawaii that existed before the tourist boom hit in the 1950’s…. Venture to the verdant east end of this beautiful Molokai where we will host you in the historical lodge at the Pu’ U’ O Hoku, a 13,000 acre bio-dynamic working ranch.

Spend one on one time with master printer and plant expert, Heather Fortner, who will be teaching not only how to collect, preserve and print a wide variety of Hawaii’s native plants, feathers, insects and fish, but also the stories behind the lives of these unique flora and fauna. Visit sites conserved by the Molokai Land Trust and the The Nature Conservancy and hear how this island is leading the come back of native and endemic species in the Hawaiian islands.

Create beautiful lasting art using nature as a printing press, including a full range of textured, beautiful objects from Hawaii’s land, sea and air. Return home with a portfolio of prints for framing, making into cards, wrapping paper, fabric design as well as an intimate knowledge of Hawaii’s wildlife and cultural traditions.  This workshop is offered through fullheart

The Amazing Cephalopods

Posted on: November 26th, 2017 by heather

TI am in love with ceph’s- those intelligent creatures, and often teach gyotaku with their soft bodies. 


Off to Southern Climes

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by heather

The Northwest Winters are a bit dark, wet, and cold and my tropical soul yearns for a warmer place, so I am off to Mexico until early next year.  My workshops will start again in Feb 2018, and there will be the full range of nature, fish and eco printing sessions.  you can still contact me through my website, or if you add your name to my mailing list youy will receive a notice when my winter/spring classes are added.  Best of the holidays to you.

Fundraiser for Peru Amazon Conservation

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by heather No Comments

On June 9 there was a fundraiser/reception in San Antonio, Texas, for the gyotaku images created by Amerindians last year when I went to Iquitos, Peru on the Amazon River in April 2014 to teach fish printing.  The purpose of that trip was to teach a handicraft that can produce an income stream for the Amerindians living close to the Amazon River.  This fundraiser was the first to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity along the Amazon basin by giving the locals a means of renewable income, rather than selling off resources.  The San Antonio Zoo is the sponsor of this project, and the handicrafts will be marketed by the zoo gift shop.

Gyotaku Exhibit at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center In Newport, Oregon

Posted on: January 10th, 2015 by heather No Comments

I am excited about an upcoming exhibit in Gyotaku at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center  in Newport on the Bayfront at 333 SE Bay Boulevard.  It opens on Feb 5, 2015 and runs until Sept 7, 2015, and features the work of five local gyotaku artists, all of the Northwest sealife and fish.  I’ll have five pieces in the exhibit.

“Squid Row” celebrating the world of Cephalopads!

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by heather No Comments

The Octopus' Garden

The first weekend of October, I am the featured artist on Toledo’s First Weekend of open galleries. with the theme of “Squid Row”.  I will be demonstrating the printing of Cephalopods, the class of marine animals that comprises octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus. The galleries and studios in Toledo will be open on Sat, Oct 5 and Sunday Oct 6 from 11-5 each day.  At my Sea Fern Studio in the Floweree Community Center I’ll also have fish , octopus and squid,  and other non-fish marine life pieces on display in the gallery,

I will demonstrate the printing of a red Humboldt squid at 1pm and baby octopus at 3pm on Saturday, and will demonstrate printing of cut nautilus shells on clothing on Sunday at 2pm.  Come and see the wonders of these undersea creatures!

Nautilus shells deprinted on cotton shirt


Art Immersed in the Aquatic Underworld

Posted on: June 2nd, 2013 by heather No Comments

I’m honored to be a part of a group exhibit at the Oregon State University Lasells Stewart Center in Corvallis, and have 15 gyotaku images of local fish and seaweed. It opened on June 1, 2013 and runs until June 28, 2013.  The Artists Reception is June 12 from 6-9 pm.

This gyotaku that is in this exhibit has six different seaweeds- a real garden!

Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio

Posted on: February 23rd, 2013 by heather No Comments

It’s said if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.   That is true for me, because I love coming to my studio in Toledo, Oregon and playing with different elements of nature printing.  Last year I added an etching press to the studio equipment- a 30 x 60 brightly colored etching press from the Takach company in New Mexico.  I call it Big Orange.  I am in enamored with the way that the heavy even pressure of an etching pressure can pull out the subtleties of a nature print.

My beloved 30 x 60 Takach etching Press

A step by step guide

Posted on: June 7th, 2012 by ipo No Comments

A step by step guide to creating beautiful Gyotaku

Gyotaku (gyo (fish) taku (rubbbing)) is a Japanese art form that creates an image of a fish or other marine object with exacting detail. The name is descriptive of the technique of using ink and a rubbing motion to transfer the features of the fish to paper or silk. The following instructions refer to the direct method of printing, in which ink is applied directly onto the body of the fish. (more…)

Gyotaku Video

Posted on: June 7th, 2012 by ipo No Comments

 It shows the process of making gyotaku from the fresh fish to the finished!


In 2001 Oregon Public Broadcasting aired a segment of Oregon Field Guide about Gyotaku from my studio in Bend, Oregon.  It shows the process of making gyotaku from the fresh fish to the finished!