Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Day Of Turkish Marbling ~ Aimia Artworks ~ Columbus, OH

Aimia Artworks ~ Columbus, OH
Watercolor marbling was perfected early in the 15th century, in the area of the Middle East that now encompasses Turkey, Iraq and Iran, but very soon became cloaked in a secrecy that lasted centuries--a secrecy imposed first by artisans serving the Ottoman Emperors and then by the  European craft guilds whose proscriptions against revealing details of the process extended to exile and even death. Those brave few who nevertheless committed its details to paper for posterity have thereby earned our eternal gratitude. They made possible the 20th-century revival of marbling in America, from which the craft now enjoys a renaissance of research, experimentation, and artistic refinement throughout the world.

Far from fearing the consequences of exposing their craft like those early practitioners, many of today"s marblers openly share it as teachers, confident that this will spur creativity in marbling as an art form whose intricate patterns excite and amaze us no less than they did those who first saw them over half a millennium ago. Even the questions asked then are the same as those asked today: Were all of those lines painted separately? Why don"t the colors dissolve, or blend into one another? Why don"t they wash off the paper? It"s magic, right? Come, dispel the mystery but not the exhilaration and gratification of this magical art. Learn its history, chemistry, techniques, many of its traditional patterns and some modern variations, and take home many wonder-ful papers for your own creative uses.

All marbling supplies are included in the fee.

Just plan to have a great time!...and bring these items for your own use: Work clothes, apron, or smock Hair covering--scarf, wrap, or cap Sensible Shoes--you"ll be on your feet a lot Cardboard, corrugated (2 pieces c. 15” x 20” 
Notebook or pad and pen--for taking notes and, of course, Lunch--I"ll supply coffee (leaded), tea (unleaded), filtered water

WHERE: 3304 Grasmere Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43224

WHEN: SATURDAY, April 19, 2014--9:30-4:30
Open studio SUNDAY afternoon, 1-3

COST: $135 covers all. Class limit, 8
Reserve a place: $60 deposit by 4/6/14 to Ann Woods at the address above

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