Fish Aye Trading

Fish-Rubbing Placemats - Set of 4

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10/20/2020 by Kathleen

These were a Christmas present for my daughter and she uses them on a daily basis on her dining room table. People have complimented her as they are noticeable as you walk into her kitchen door. She loves them and so does her fisherman husband!


Very cool plscemsts

1/4/2020 by Mary

I think these are a colorful addition to the table. Very unique.


Handy for cottage use!

7/6/2019 by Ann

The placemats are attractive and useful. Made well too.Easy to clean.


Very Creative

1/21/2019 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

1/1/2019 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.



5/16/2018 by Jacklyn

They were gifts. My son and family use them every day. High quality, made in America!



1/10/2018 by Anna

Exactly what I wanted,


place mates

1/3/2018 by Sandra

These are beautiful!



6/29/2017 by Judith

I ordered some fish mats, they are so sturdy and the colors are gorgeous aqua & sea foam green.

I would buy more for gifts in future.

Anyone would like them, especially if you live near the ocean or you just like water and beachy themes.

Very classy. Not flimsy or cheaply made.

Get some!

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The Fish Aye Trading Story

Fish Aye Trading V4

Fisherman’s Delight

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.
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