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  • Jake Benson
    *Please forgive any cross-posting of the following announcement* Gardens of the Imagination: Traditions of Paper Marbling in Asia and the Islamic World A free
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      *Please forgive any cross-posting of the following announcement*

      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.
      http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org

      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
      cultures.

      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
      briefly covered.

      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
      page.

      http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/studio/papermaking.htm



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    • james tapley
      Hello Jake and break a leg! Just wish that I could attend. Thanks for your letter. I know that I ll be pleased to have the ANTIKA; not sure why there wasn t
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 30, 2005
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        Hello Jake and break a leg! Just wish that I could attend.
        Thanks for your letter. I know that I'll be pleased to have the
        ANTIKA; not sure why there wasn't more interest except that most
        people seem aimed at making "art" without much attention to the
        history. And of course the preference for myth and a cult of
        personality a la Hatib Effendi seems endemic to most humans.
        I haven't gotten the BF Papers through library loan yet (not sure I
        wanted to invest the $95/volume they run) so many thanks for your
        summary and quotations. I'll be interested to learn the sources for
        their remarks.
        What threw me was the statement in ORIGINS... that Franklin had to
        smuggle the marbled papers into France. I'm assuming that this had to
        do with French import restrictions. But then how to explain the
        Caslon expedition to France? I'm also trying to track the history of
        Baskerville publications appearing in France.
        I can't believe that, given the Enlightenment penchant for circular
        letters, his innovations were not quickly learned of in France. But
        who knows?
        It did occur to me that having the paper marbled in England might be
        seen as yet a further security measure but in that case why is the
        paper itself not watermarked? The story just seems to have an awful
        lot of inbuilt contradictions and holes.
        Have you read FRANKLIN AND HIS PRESS AT PASSY? I have ordered it (the
        reprint not the 1914 Grolier Club 1st) in hopes of answering some
        questions.
        In the meantime its a great mystery story!
        How is all else?
        Best to you Jake, Jim

        James Tapley
        Hand
        Bookbinder
        2077 13th Street
        Sarasota FL 34237
        941.366.8248
      • james tapley
        Mea Culpa for the public posting in error. Best, James
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          Mea Culpa for the public posting in error.
          Best, James
        • irisnevins
          Good luck Jake....wish I could make it but can t, iris nevins ... From: Jake Benson To:
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            Good luck Jake....wish I could make it but can't,

            iris nevins
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            Subject: [Marbling] ANNOUNCEMENT: Free Public Lecture on Paper Marbling History at Pyramid Atlantic


            *Please forgive any cross-posting of the following announcement*

            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.
            http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org<http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/>

            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
            cultures.

            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
            briefly covered.

            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
            page.

            http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/studio/papermaking.htm<http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/studio/papermaking.htm>



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