One year ago Maternal Mitochondria was drying our suminagashi by kerosene in a Japanese winter…
New large collage piece, “Unexpected Encounters.” I was definitely supposed to be doing something else in my life drawing class! I like to think of it as a companion piece to these BFF pigs.
Suminagashi in the Park will be up at the Railyard Park this Saturday! Come say hi. Here is a copy of the letter we sent to the participants–
Thanks to all the workshop participants who created suminagashi and poetry in the Railyard.
The pieces will be hanging in the park—informal opening Sat Sept 8, 3-5 pm.
We will be sitting outside the community classroom to say hi and direct you. We have woven together your words to make a long communal poem. You might not be able to identify your exact words or suminagashi but you are indeed part of the spirit of this mosaic. It is all of us together.
To find the installation:
At the community classroom face south, (your back to Paseo de Peralta). Walk towards the rainbow compass sculpture. Look for a group of evergreens. Discover our art and poetry!
It will be up for a month, so come by at your convenience. Bring your friends and enjoy a stroll!
We’ll be in touch if anything changes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are thinking about attending!
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 email@example.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.
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.