Marbling is an ancient technique with long histories in Persia and Turkey (where it is known as ebru, or “cloud art”) as well as in Japan (sumanigashi, or “ink floating”).
In essence, marbling involves floating pigments on a liquid surface and then transferring the pigmented design to an absorbent surface.
At Folk Tote, many items are touched by Mark’s marbling genius, from the wooden beads and rings I use on some of the straps to the clothespins and price tags we use at festivals.
Here, you’ll find fabrics he has marbled.
You’ll also find some pieces that are monoprinted (single-copy images made using a gel plate and brayer). Like marbling, monoprinting is a surface treatment, so the finished fabrics have clear right and wrong sides.
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