What is marbling?

Marbling is a technique of aqueous surface design. This essentially means you can create a pattern by dropping paint onto a liquid surface. There are two main branches of the art form the Turksih Ebru and the Japaneses Suminagashi. Ebru patterns are swirly and colorful, while Sumihashi patterns most often display black concentric circles.

You have probably seen plenty of Ebru patterns without realizing it, as Ebru printed paper was the fashion in book binding up until the turn of the century. However, my work looks a bit different than the traditional expressions of both the Ebru and the Suminagashi. My interest in the marbling techniques is the abilitycapture the moment. My curiosity is intrigued by what happens when you leave the marbling tray to itself. Maybe you made a 'classic' print and some paint residuales are left on the surface, could those randomly positioned pigments be salvaged and reveal a moment of beauty? Or how long does it take 'time' to randomly shape a beautiful pattern? Sometimes i even add fresh drops of paint onto a dirty tray to see how the new and the old colors interacts.

However, when I work with textiles I like to translate the traditional marble patterns from bookbinding onto the soft soft floaty surfaces. I particularly enjoy seeing the classic feather pattern move along waving cotton. It almost becomes alive! Most of my textile prints have been sitched into utilitarian objects such as pouches, pillow covers and scarfs. If you have any requests for customs fabrics or objects do not hesitate to get in contact.

In my work i have also attempted to translate the marbling technique into different mediums such as ceramics and wood. On ceramics i explored a number of different glazing technique as well as the Japanese mixed clay method Neriage (pictures coming).