Friday, May 14, 2010

I'll be tired, but it will be worth it!

On Wednesday the 26th of May, I get to take my safety patrol group on a field trip to Volente Beach. That evening, I get to attend an 'Ebru- Art of Marbling' workshop. I am so excited that they added an extra class.

Doesn't this sound fun?

One of the most unique and beautiful forms of Turkish art is Ebru, or water marbling. Ebru is formed by drawing designs with dye on top of water, and then carefully placing paper on the surface of the water in order to absorb the dye. The earliest examples of Ebru are found in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and are dated 1539, but the detail and quality of the work suggests that Ebru was present long before that time in the Ottoman Empire. Ebru has traditionally been rarely signed, and therefore many great artworks remain unnamed. Modern day students may study for more than 10 years before being considered master marblers, learning how to make the perfect dye, water bath, and design. Since each dye bath can only be transferred to paper once, every original piece of Ebru is unique.


A basic Ebru Class with instructor Nazli Cizmeci. Nazli has Masters Degree in Textile Education from Marmara University in Istanbul. The will consist of one hour of introduction followed by hands-on training, and tasty Turkish treats. Come and join this joyful experience.

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