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3 Day Marbling Intensive w Natalie Stopka

  • Aya Fiber Studio 4745 SE Desoto Ave Studio H STUART United States (map)
Marbling Retreat: Suminagashi, Paper, and Fabric Printing with Natalie Stopka
from 95.00

October 22 - 24, 2019

Course Description Marbling is a wonderful blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this three-day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of marbling on both paper and fabric, including how to select materials and manipulate the chemistry of the marbling vat. We’ll discuss the history behind the craft, beginning with Japanese suminagashi and progressing through Turkish and European patterns. Recipes for sumi ink, watercolor paints, and acrylic paints will be shared, as well as troubleshooting advice and advanced techniques. After students have familiarized themselves with the tools and methods for creating permanent prints, they’ll be free to develop their own collection of patterns! Previous experience is not required. Each student will have their own16x20” marbling tray, and we’ll share larger trays measuring {Please insert scarf tray dimensions here}. Materials will be provided, but students are welcome to bring paper and fabric or scarves they wish to experiment with. Natural fiber fabrics such as silk, cotton, or linen and medium weight drawing papers are good options for marbling. Please thoroughly prewash all fabrics without fabric softener. Students who are traveling may wish to bring a portfolio, cardboard sleeve, or tube to carry their 13x19” marbled papers home in.

Materials Fee payable to Instructor: $75

Materials List Here


Natalie Stopka is a New York based textile artist focused on processes rooted in the materials and forces of the natural world. She uses diverse techniques drawn from the immense heritage of interculteral craft traditions, refreshing age-old methods such as fabric marbling, mordant patterning, botanical dyeing, and pigment extraction. Each artwork is rooted in a particular space and time created by the intersection of the techniques involved and enlivened by creative accident, building a continually evolving vocabulary of textures and patterns. Natalie divides her time between Cragsmoor, NY where she forages for natural dyes, and Yonkers where her studio practice and dye garden are located. She is a Graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Contact : Students may reach Natalie through the contact page at with questions.

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