Papermarbling Workshop with AIR Carey Watters

In June 2013 we had the pleasure to host a public Papermarbling Workshop, facilitated by our AIR Carey Watters (WI, USA), Assistant Professor in Graphic Design and Typography at the University of Wisconsin.

Paper marbling is a traditional printmaking technique: a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or stone, often used in bookbinding and stationary making.  Carey has been working with this technique for years, playing with surfaces and transparencies and creating both beautiful standalone works and creative stationery sets.

While in Residency Carey experimented with antique atlas maps, designed and hand-bound notebooks, and even marbled one of our baked cotto tiles!

Carey W.          papermarbling works float2          float3

With a disposition as sunny as the terrace where her works dried out, floating in color, Carey proved to be a natural teacher, spending  time with us in the Residency explaining and allowing us to try out her techniques, and proposing a workshop for the local community- which of course we we re delighted to host.

On the day of the workshop the participants crowded into the upstairs studio and around the table, where Carey began by demonstrating the basics of the technique.

Carey Watters workshop  Workshop participants

(Before the workshop, Carey mentioned laughing how everytime she runs this particular workshop the first ‘reveal’ of the marbling on paper is always welcomed with a big ‘…oooooooh!’ from the crowd – …and this was exactly what happened!)  Soon after the initial surprise, people who had never tried their hand at papermarbling or anything similar had the opportunity to experiment for the first time, and make up their own papermarbling patterns.

workshop at Palazzo Rinaldi

Another fascinating aspect of the workshop was to see that absolutely all ages were able to create some fun and unique works.  Here is the lovely Cumpà Antonio (80 years +) proudly showing his finished piece!

all ages  Cumpa' Antonio

As the patterns dried over the next few days, Carey and Pina started binding the finished works as covers for notebooks, that were then distributed to all the workshop participants as a souvenir of the day.  Thank you Carey for allowing us a peek into the fascinating world of paper marbling and book binding!



Welcome to the first post of the Palazzo Rinaldi blog!
It was a long time coming, and finally it’s here (it only took us six years!) :)  So why a blog, you may ask?  Palazzo Rinaldi already has a website after all, and an active Facebook community…this is true, but we felt that with many summer events and inspiring Residents to tell you about we were quickly running out of space!  We hope this blog will complement our website, as a dynamic ‘journal’ of sorts: you can expect interviews with our Artists in Residence, showcases of the work completed while in Residency, stories and folk traditions from our summers in the village of Noepoli, and of course news about the Residency itself. There have also been many new additions to the Residency facilities over the last year that we are very excited to tell you about (and a website revamp coming soon!).  We hope you will enjoy it all- make sure to subscribe and get ready to share in our create time under the sun!

A presto!

– Susanna