Hands-on classes in the Book Arts studio!
Marble dyeing is a dye technique based off of the Suminagashi and “paint on water” traditions in ancient China and Japan, adapted in Turkey to include paint and pigments and patterns of color in the 13-15c. 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 that can then be manipulated 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. 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 before permanently imprinting them onto luxurious fine weight silk, for a burst of lightweight color that can be worn any way you choose! All supplies and instructions for care included. A practice session on paper will precede the dyeing process to experiment and refine the technique.
Finished scarf is a 17 x 17 French Square, silk.
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.