All Sumi, All the Time

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the workshop today! We had a wonderful time. If you’d like to be added to our e-mail list so you don’t miss future events, let me know. And if you missed the workshop today, there will be another one on Tuesday, August 14th at 5pm at Zephyr Community Art Studio, which will be part of an opening for the show “Water Sound: Suminagashi at Zephyr.” E-mail me at ws.isabel@yahoo.com if you are thinking about attending!

Yellow and black suminagashi drying on a park bench

Bees and Wax Exhibit

I just found out that this piece has been accepted to the Tubac Center of the Arts upcoming exhibit, Bees and Wax! So for those of you in Arizona, keep a look out! The show will be up September 14th-October 21st.

Rainbow colored honeybee woodcarving
Honeybee woodcarving, finished with watercolors

Water Sound: Free Workshop And Art Opening

There will be a FREE workshop on August 14th at Zephyr Community Art Studio to accompany the art opening for “Water Sound: Suminagashi at Zephyr” (the workshop is reservation only, art reception is open to the public). Come at 5 for the workshop, stay for the reception, and at 7pm catch a live show! Youth and Canvas (ATX) will be playing. To reserve your spot in the workshop, e-mail ws.isabel@yahoo.com. Or if you want to check out the show, the art will be up until the first week of September.

The address is 1520 Center Dr, # 2
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507. If you have any accessibility issues, please let us know so we can work to accommodate you.

Suminagashi is traditional Japanese marbling. The effect is beautiful, but it is also a meditative practice to quiet and focus the mind. It is composed by allowing a basin of water to still, and then adding ink to the water. The ink can be traditional black calligraphy ink, or more modern colored ones, including acrylic. The pattern is composed by adding drops of ink within each other. As they expand, they create the traditional fractal look of mountains and rivers, or coastlines. The pattern can then by manipulated by blowing on it, using a brush, or even a hair to gently move it. It is said that a master of suminagashi has only two percent control of the outcome.

古池
蛙飛び込む
水の音

Ah! The ancient pond
As a frog takes the plunge
Sound of the water
-Basho

*this is an all ages event. Infants are welcome but only older children will actually be able to participate.

Free Show Tonight!

Come join us tonight at Zephyr Community Art Studio to check out the 4th episode of Plus One To Mischief’s liveplay RPG! This is Santa Fe’s finest (and only) experimental theater role playing game. Plus, you can check out my suminagashi prints while you’re there! Show starts at 7pm,and of course it’s FREE!

Suminagashi print, blue and pink and yellow
Part of the show “Water Sound” at Zephyr Community Art Studio, 22″x30″