I’m so excited! We are just kicking off our first round of classes at the new Oh Happy Day Studio in San Francisco! First up are these amazing marbling classes by Natalie Stopka. I’ve followed her work for a while now and was able to convince her to come out to the Bay Area and teach us! You can learn how to make fabric and paper (perfect for making Holiday gifts!) The classes are this coming weekend! Sign up right here or read about more details below!
Fabric Marbling: Learn the basics of Fabric Marbling from Natalie Stopka! You’ll come away understanding the basics of marbling on fabric including how to select fabrics and prepare a marbling vat to create permanent prints. After getting familiar with traditional patterns, students can develop their own palette and style to create a suite of patterns on cotton and silk.
Paper Marbling: Learn the fundamentals of paper marbling, including how to select papers and prepare a marbling vat to create permanent prints. After getting familiar with traditional techniques, students will develop their own palette and style to create a suite of patterns.
Japanese Marbling: Learn the basics of Japanese Fabric Marbling from Natalie Stopka! You’ll come away understanding the basics of Suminagashi, the Japanese art of marbling by floating ink on the surface of water. In this class students will learn the basics of this age-old technique, including the ideology shaping suminagashi and the tools and materials it requires. Students will learn to develop a suite of patterns using the natural forces of wind, vibration, and surface tension, and leave with the skills to continue exploring on their own.
Dates and Times:
- Fabric Marbling: November 12th 9am-12pm
- Paper Marbling: November 12th 3pm-6pm
- Japanese Marbling: November 13th 9am-12pm
- Fabric Marbling: November 13th 3pm-6pm
Oh Happy Day Studio, in the Mission District of San Francisco, at 18th and Mission. The location is easily accessible by public transit (16th Street BART Station).
Your ticket price includes:
– all the materials you will need for the 3.5-hour workshop
– light refreshments
About Natalie Stopka
Natalie is a process-driven artist. Drawing on diverse textile and bookbinding techniques to create unique objects: utilitarian or purely artistic. In her exploration of historical fiber arts, she seeks to refresh half-forgotten methods such as embroidery, fabric marbling, mordant patterning, and the fermentation of natural dyes. This approach brings a complex, ever-evolving vocabulary of texture and surface patterning to the work she creates. Natalie works out of her freelance studio based in Manhattan, but also spends time in upstate New York growing and foraging natural dyes. She also teaches workshops on a variety of textile and book techniques at the Textile Arts Center and other regional continuing education centers.