Suminagashi Class with Natalie Stopka - Recording
Suminagashi is the Japanese art of marbling with natural sumi ink dating back to the 12th century. Each marbled monotype illustrates the movement of air and water currents acting on the floating ink. Natalie will share the fundamentals of materials selection and preparation, and demonstrate traditional suminagashi patterns. Students following along at home can explore with their own marbled designs on paper or fabric. Please wear clothing and shoes that you do not mind staining. All tools must be craft-dedicated, not borrowed from the kitchen.
- Black sumi ink such as Yasutomo or Moon Palace
- 2 bamboo sumi brushes
- Dish soap or Sumifactant
- Watertight tray, approximately 8x12x2”
- 2 small jam jars or dishes for ink
- Absorbent paper: hosho, Lokta, or Speedball block printing paper
- Absorbent natural fiber fabric such as silk or cotton, pre-mordanted or naturally dyed drop cloth for work surface and drying area
- Drying rack for fabric optional: colored ink such as Boku Undo or Moon Palace, or Chinese ink chips
Recommended vendors: Colophon Book Arts Supply or Hiromi Paper
Natalie Stopka focuses on creative processes rooted in the materials and forces of the natural world. Her pursuit of historical surface patterning techniques includes natural dyeing, pigment extraction, marbling, and printmaking. These meticulous, layered processes allow each artwork to be materially rooted in a particular space and time created by the intersection of the techniques involved, with a big role for serendipitous chance and a continually evolving vocabulary of texture and pattern.
Her freelance studio and dye garden is in Yonkers, but she spends time in upstate New York foraging natural dyes.