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Marbling on Fabric


One-Day Workshop by Pietro Accardi

Member-Early Enrollment: $92
Member Fee: $115
Non-Member Fee: $190
Materials Fee: $30
Note: If students take both Saturday and Sunday workshops they will be able to keep their waterbath, all paints, and workspace for the duration, thereby cutting combined materials fee to $45, instead of $55, for the two days.

Early Enrollment is closed.
PLEASE choose another registration option.


This workshop is for new students and for those who have prior marbling experience or have taken the introductory class. The skills learned in Paper Marbling will be applied to Marbling on Fabric, while familiarizing students with new materials. We will discuss techniques and tips needed to successfully marble on fabric, choosing the best fabric for marbling, and how to prepare it for the dyeing process. New, more complex patterns will be demonstrated and attention will be given to important nuances in the practice. The main focus will be marbling on fabric to create bookcloth, but techniques for other textile uses will also be discussed.  During the afternoon of guided and personal practice, students will create their own stack of 12-15 marbled fabric pieces. Paper will also be provided for those who wish to practice. Pietro’s wife Vanessa will also be available for guidance. All materials will be provided. Bring an apron. Please note that paper marbling is a wet process and papers made at the workshop may not be dry at the end of class.

Pietro Accardi is native to the northwestern Italian city of Turin where his father Gaetano founded and operated “Tipografia Accardi.” In 1950s Italy, it was a state of the art printing press. His youth spent in the press lead him to paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. Pietro moved on from his father’s press to establish “La Legatoria del Sole,” an artisanal and production-oriented bookbindery in Turin. It served Turin's Municipal Archives, public and university libraries. He now teaches at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Nevada Museum of Art, and Castle in the Air in Berkeley, CA. Together with his wife Vanessa he has founded Accardi Book Arts, a book arts studio and bindery.

Earlier Event: May 4
Introduction to Paper Marbling
Later Event: May 6
Marbling: Studio Class