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(Workshop) Japanese Paper & Fabric Marbling

Saturday, May 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

$95.00 – $122.00

Join artist and maker Robert Mahar in a playful introduction to suminagashi, a Japanese marbling technique that creates beautifully muted patterns of color to be transferred onto paper and fabric. Perfectly suited for beginners, participants will learn the history of this ancient art, best practices for working with these specially formulated floating inks and creative ways to manipulate them on the surface of a water bath. The resulting marbled designs will be captured on a variety of papers and silk handkerchiefs. Instruction will include discussion and examples of the numerous ways you can incorporate these marbled materials into future projects.

All materials are provided and included in the cost of the class. Each material kit includes: an individual set of marbling inks, brushes, water pan, ink manipulation tools, a lovely variety of paper and silk handkerchiefs.

Please wear clothing and shoes that you won’t mind getting splashed with water and (potentially, but unlikely!) stained with ink.

About the instructor:  Robert Mahar is a California-based artist and educator who teaches thoughtfully researched and developed hands-on projects based in historical craft traditions. He’s also a proud contestant alumni, and subsequent associate producer, on NBC’s crafting competition show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. Learn more about Robert, explore his video tutorial archive and shop his collection of curious embroidery samplers at robert-mahar.com.

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Saturday, May 25
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
$95.00 – $122.00
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The Ruth Bancroft Garden
(925) 944-9352
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Cancellations up to 1-week prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 1-week prior to a class are non-refundable. The Ruth Bancroft Garden does not issue credits for future classes.