Monday, September 29, 2008

Fish Out Of Water

www.leichic.comYou love fish. Opah Chinese style. ‘Ahi black and blue or simply gleaming pink. Fried mahi katsu. Kiawe grilled ulua. But ever since your beloved pet Pinky went belly up in your fish tank, you’ve steered clear of live fins and scales.

 A safer and, dare we say, prettier way to bring real fish back into your home is Loreen Matsushima’s custom gyotaku tiles. An artist raised with fishermen who now works surrounded by sea life as PR and Advertising director for Atlantis Adventures, Matsushima’s observations are absorbed directly into permanent, functional works of art.

First she heads to Chinatown fish markets to select tropical fish with great texture and color – like taape, opelu, or manini. Then using the traditional Japanese fish printing method gyotaku, she imprints a painted image of the fish onto white ceramic tile. Once installed in your bathroom, kitchen, exterior wall, or even the pool, the tiles become a durable part of your architecture, making the ordinary extraordinary – Matsushima’s specialty.

It also leaves room on your walls for other beautiful things.

Because we know there are plenty of other fish in the sea to tempt you.

  Fish On Tile is available by custom order. Email:

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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