Further adventures in printing…! The Maymont Nature Center here in Richmond, Virginia advertised a Fish Printing workshop recently – something I’ve always wanted to try. I collected my daughter and granddaughter and we gave it a whack! I wasn’t sure if we would be using real or rubber fish – it was the latter. All materials were provided, but I took along some fabric ironed to freezer paper for additional experimentation. Results were not bad – we learned about fish anatomy, the Japanese tradition of gyotaku (fish rubbing), and we would up with two printed t-shirts!
But wait – there’s more! We were also toured backstage of the aquarium facilities, including the holding/quarantine area, pipes & pumps, and the full-size commercial kitchen for preparation of fish and amphibian sustenance. We fed my grandmother’s gold fish oatmeal flakes right out of the box – aquarists at the Nature Center blend eight to ten different components to feed their 21st century charges.
Check it out – and don’t miss the exploration center tucked down a hallway from the exhibits.