About Us

One dark and stormy night in Baltimore, Maryland, Jenny and Andrew had a date. At an art gallery reception for a friend, Jenny spent the entire evening with a glass of wine, ignoring the show and guests, while she studied a small obscure image of a fish, near the bathroom door.

"What is that? How is it done? What is it called? Is it a lithograph? A screenprint? An etching? A drawing? Some kind of monoprint?"

Nobody had an answer. So with curiosity struck, the search began. Weeks were spent researching various clues to unravel the identity of "that fish thing". Inquiring at galleries, the Baltimore Aquarium, the Smithsonian Institute, the Maryland Institute of Art, libraries, fellow artists, art catalogs and publications, a huge amount of then current information was collected on a little know two-thousand year old art form called "Gyotaku". After Jenny stumbled onto a rubbing performed on rough cloth, a world of possibilities exploded!

Buying t-shirts at K-mart, Jenny and Andrew decided to try it themselves and test market the idea under the guise of holiday gift giving. Home for the holidays on Christmas morning, Jenny was listening to all the colorful commentary about those first images. Finally Jenny asked the full room,
"So... do you think I should go into business?"
After a quiet moment, Jenny's mom, sitting in the window chair wearing her dressing gown, laughed,
"oh yes! you can have a studio warehouse full of refrigerators, vans with your name on them, and a store or two!"
Jenny responded,
"I can see that... I'm going to call Andrew."

(Jenny calls Andrew)
Jenny: "What are you doing?"
Andrew: "I'm printing an octopus."
Jenny: "Sounds good... Wanna go into business?"
Andrew: "Yeah... Sure"

What followed was a mad dash of research and education on designing, production, marketing, and the selling of resort wear. Back in Baltimore, Maryland, the first studio was in Jenny's basement, moving and expanding three times in the next six years. Blue Water Fish Rubbings was sold regularly at New York wholesale shows, through individual sales representatives, at art festivals and company kiosks. Blue Water sold nationally and and internationally reaching the Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Guam, and the Seychelle Islands.

Business was brisk, but in 1994 it was time to personally slow down and consider a less hectic approach to the business. The company moved out of inner city Baltimore to Chatham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, where Jenny's family has summered since 1962. After buying a house and studio space, getting married, opening up a store, relocating the store, having two kids in two years, discontinuing wholesale, we listened to our customers and built this website.

So please enjoy the site! Remember, new items are always introduced, but don't always make it onto the site. Jenny doesn't know where the computer is - let alone how to turn it on. So please visit our store or contact us to inquire about other offerings.

Blue Water Fish Rubbings
505 Main Street
Chatham, MA 02633
USA
Store Phone and Fax: 508-945-7616
Studio Phone: 508-430-9928

 

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