Suminagashi Marbling

A complete Suminagashi marbling piece. Brown, light blue, and yellow shapes swirl within each other.
Sheryl Oppenheim headshot. In black & white
Sheryl Oppenheim headshot. In black & white

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Tuesday September 21st, 6:00–8:00pm ET

Suminagashi is the oldest form of marbling, dating back to at least the 12th century. It is totally distinct, both in material and methods, from the size-based marbling practiced in Turkey, Iran, and Europe.

In this class we will learn about the history of Suminagashi, materials, and techniques, and we will each work at home to make our own Suminagashi marbled paper.

Required materials

Follow this link to access the supplies list for Sheryl Oppenheim’s Suminagashi Marbling class.

Feel free to contact education@centerforbookarts.org if you are having difficulty sourcing your materials for this workshop.

About the Instructor

Sheryl Oppenheim was born in 1983 and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is a painter, paper marbler, and maker of illegible books, an idea she first became interested in after seeing the work of Bruno Munari, and through her proximity to books, bookbinders, and marbled paper at her first job in New York, at a bookbinding supply house. She began marbling paper in 2011, and began learning Suminagashi in 2016. Her artist books and prints are included in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has participated in recent exhibitions at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Sadie Halie Projects, Deanna Evans Projects, International Print Center New York, Small Editions, and the Cranbrook Museum of Art. Oppenheim received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. She lives and works in New York City.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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