East: Paper marbling A free public presentation
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Gardens of the Imagination:
Traditions of Paper Marbling in Asia and the Islamic World
A free public presentation by Jake Benson
When: Friday October 14th at 7 -8 PM
Where: Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center,
8230 Georgia Avenue. Silver Spring, MD.
Who should attend: This lecture is meant to raise awareness among
contemporary artists and craftspeople about the art of marbling. Yet it
will also be of great interest to Librarians, Curators, Scholars,
Conservators, and Collectors and others who encounter marbled papers
during the course of their work or research. This event will hopefully
serve to inspire further identification and publication of marbled
papers within public and private collections in the US and abroad. In
addition to scholars and curatorial staff, specialists in Asian and
Islamic art and culture are especially encouraged to attend.
General Description: Join marbler and historian Jake Benson for a
cross-cultural visual exploration of the art of marbling. Many people
are familiar with marbled designs from contemporary commercial
packaging, graphic design, professional matting, and bookbinding. Yet
comparatively few fully understand just how these curious designs are
created, much less familiar with the very rich history and wide variety
of specialized applications for marbled paper found in different
The lecture will cover the latest research and insight into the
earliest forms of marbling in East Asia, including an overview of
suminagashi papers found in important Japanese manuscripts. Methods of
marbling in the Eastern Islamic world will be presented in detail,
concentrating on areas in Central Asia, South Asia, and Western Asia.
The lecture will not only look at variant methods of marbling, but also
the historical role of marbling in manuscript production.
A selection of datable works by famous calligraphers and poets written
directly over the surface of a marbled sheet will be shown. In
addition, a detailed examination of the incorporation of marbling into
painting and manuscript illumination and illustration will be offered.
Many of the images the will be presented have either not been published
or are not widely recognized. Finally, the relationship of these early
methods to the development of marbling in Europe and America will be
On the following day, Saturday October 15th, Pyramid Atlantic will host
a daylong intensive workshop on traditional and contemporary forms of
Japanese suminagashi marbling taught by Mr. Benson. For directions to
the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, please follow the link to the
center's web site listed at the top of this announcement. A full
description of the workshop has been posted on the Pyramid Atlantic web
site and can be viewed by clicking on the direct link below, and look
for the second workshop listed. A registration form in adobe PDF format
is available to download by clicking the link at the bottom of the
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