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Marbling on Paper and Cloth Workshop

Course number: PPB 3082 01 / PPB 3082 02

Marbling is a centuries old art form for making decorative papers for bookbinding, collage and other paper crafts. In this fast-paced, three-day workshop, students will explore both historical and fantasy papers using contemporary materials. The workshop will cover all aspects of the marbling process including vat and tool making, paint and carrageenan preparation, paper selection, basic patterns and many variations. There will also be an opportunity to sample marbling on cloth. The workshop will be led by internationally renowned marble, visiting artist Stephen Pittelkow, who will also give a noon-time lecture on the history and use of paper marbling. Students will gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of marbling and will produce a portfolio of paper for reference and future work. This is a wet process, students should dress accordingly. One self-defined project using the paper will be due 3 weeks following the workshop.

Prerequisites: One print, paper or book class

Outcomes: Students will

  • Gain an understanding of the history of marbling
  • Learn how to set up the chemistry and equipment
  • Learn how to make the necessary tools
  • Produce a portfolio of decorative paper for future use

Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 23-25, 2018

Section 01: Friday 9:00-1:00, Saturday and Sunday 9:00-6:00
Section 02: Friday 12:00-4:00, Saturday and Sunday 9:00-6:00

Credits: 1
Faculty: Karen Wirth

Thursday, March 8