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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Ah! The ancient pond
As a frog takes the plunge
Sound of the water
*this is an all ages event. Infants are welcome but only older children will actually be able to participate.
I started this large collage piece a few years ago, and recently picked it up again! It’s nice to have it done.
Ever wondered what suminagashi actually is, or how to make one for yourself? Maternal Mitochondria (Isabel W.S. and Miriam Sagan) will be doing a hands-on demonstration this Saturday at the Japan Festival from 11am-3pm! Come and say hi, draw some sumi, all while eating delicious takoyaki. The festival is at the Convention Center and admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12. The festival itself runs from 9:30am-5pm. See you there!
Working with delicate calligraphy paper and traditional ink because that’s what I can find easily at the dollar store! Of course, here it’s called the 100 yen store.