Hands-on classes in the Book Arts studio!
In this class, we will mix colors using specialized paints and learn how to work with the flow of water to create one of a kind abstract patterns and experiment with different papers and printing materials. A brief discussion of traditional cultural patterns, such as Italian marbling, will also be covered, with plenty of room to experiment.
Ebru, originating in Turkey between the 13-15th c. as an adaptation of previous Suminagashi and “painting on water” traditions of 8-12c China and Japan, is commonly referred to as Marbling in the west, where is most commonly associated with end pages (originally used to prevent forgeries and erasure and eventually adopted to include ledger edges).
The practice relies on combining water and a plant-based sizing agent to “float” paints on top of a thickened solution, allowing the artist to create pools and puddles of color before manipulating them into patterns.
An artist needs to have a light hand, refined taste and an open mind to the unexpected patterns forming on the water, and Patience.
Things to note:
• Makers of all skill levels are welcome. This class is suitable for ages teen+.
• All necessary tools to participate are provided.
• Please read our ‘Plan Your Visit’ page to review our health & safety procedures.
Any questions about the class please email [email protected]
Tami Fuller is a second-generation fiber artist and works as an educator and working artist out of East Aurora. Her work integrates the traditional foundations of hand-constructed processes with modern technique. Her workshops are designed with an eye toward revitalizing and modernizing fiber, ensuring the continuation of these skill sets by exposing the art form to new people within new contexts. She was trained in ebru marbling on fabric in her youth and has refined her process on paper and on silk. She teaches retreats and workshops throughout the North East and the Pacific Northwest, where her family has a large sheep farm that specializes in breed conservation for rare or at-risk breeds of sheep. Her work has received awards from NY Sheep and Wool and the Carnegie Art Center. In 2022, she was defined as a WNY artist culture-maker and a recipient of the NY Council on the Arts “Creatives Rebuild NY” grant, tasked with rebuilding arts access post-COVID. She has shown in several solo and group shows locally and her work can be found in collections in the United States and Australia.