Two Lectures on Paper Marbling History Offered in Texas.
Two Lectures on Paper Marbling History Offered in Texas.Announcing the following 2 slide lectures:
The Early Development
Paper Marbling in the Middle East
Subsequent Evolution in Europe.
Thursday, March 22nd, 4:30-6 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin
Sanchez Building Room 468
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Preservation/Conservation Studies Program
The following URL gives a close-up of where the Sanchez Building (SZB) is
located on campus (at the corner of MLK and Speedway).
Parking for the colloquium can be found in the Whitis Ave/20th Street area.
Please note that this is paid parking, persons on campus will most
likely have other parking arrangements. MLK runs east/west and
Speedway runs north/ south.
Other parking locations:
1) There are 2 surface parking lots across from each other on south corner
Whitis at 20th Street.
2) Dobie Mall parking is on the north/west corner of Wichita/20th St. Entrance
is on Wichita between 20th St. and 21st St.
3) Also there is a surface lot on the southwest corner of Wichita and
21st St. next to the Dobie
4) Another surface lot is on the northeast side of University Ave
between 20th and 21st
Streets and another on the north east
corner of University Ave
and MLK. To get to this one turn onto University and go north up to
20th St., make a
U-turn and come back down the street to the entrance which is on
University. This street
is divided by a grassy area into two streets: one going towards UT
and the other
going away towards MLK.
The SZB Building is about 5 minutes walking distance from these parking lots.
People will enter from the rear of the building (entrance on Wichita) and
take the elevator which is on their left as they enter. Go to the 4th floor;
they will have exited the elevator on the east side of the building.
To their immediate
right is a large vestibule with an escalator, to get to SZB 468 go
to the opposite
or west side of the vestibule and turn left or north. SZB 468 will
be the classroom on
the immediate left (there are only two classrooms on that part of the
Marbled Papers in the Islamic Manuscript Tradition
Friday, March 23rd, 12:00 noon to 1:30pm
Southern Methodist University
Bridwell Library Bibliophiles Society
6005 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX, 75275
For more information call (214) 768-3483
The following URL is a map of the SMU campus. The Bridwell Library is Number #21, and visitor parking areas are shown in gray. http://www2.smu.edu/maps/campus.asp
Some of the topics covered (the Bridwell lecture will be more limited in scope):
The use of marbled paper by Masters of the Nasta'liq Persian script as a support for poetic compositions, known as Qita'.
The role of marbling in the Islamic Scriptorium, called the Kitab-khana.
Applications of marbled paper in Islamic Albums, known as Muraqqa'.
The marbling process as described in technical manuscripts from India and Turkey.
Development of motifs and floral imagery.
Stencil/ resist methods used in marbling from the Deccan Sultanate in India.
Influence of Islamic techniques on early European methods.
Early use of marbled papers in European Alba Amicora
Overview of subsequent developments related to the European bookbinding trade till the 19th c
The revival of the craft in modern Turkey.
Then if there's time I'll demonstrate paper polishing using traditional methods (gelatin/albumin/alum/ beeswax) and a conservation approach (Methyl Cellulose and Microcrystalline wax).
There is a possibility of a similar lecture being offered in New Orleans sometime the previous week, details to be announced....
Jake Benson is a Bookbinder, Conservator, and Paper Marbler who has been researching the history of craft for nearly 10 years. In 1992-3 he spent 20 weeks in Turkey visiting contemporary craftsmen and collections, documenting samples when possible. He has subsequently helped to identify pieces in various manuscript collections in the US. As a part of his business, he produces oversized European marbled papers for restoration work.
Benson's Hand Bindery
Fine Custom Bookbinding & Conservation
Hand Marbled Papers
1319 B Summerville Ave.
Columbia S.C. 29201