WELCOME !!!

I am thrilled to announce that we are now officially American residents !!! We moved to Brookfield, WI. on the Christmas Day. So, a new year, a new country, a new job (that is for my husband though) and a new life…

I have mixed feelings about it! It is very cold in here but when you look out of the window, the scenery is just like a fairy tale. I had always thought I could never get enough of those beaches and the warm sun in Australia but now I realize that we have truly missed snow. It is so beautiful! Also, working full-time in Australia and studying part-time,  with two children, all on my own for the last 6 months, I was exhausted! I could not really find any time to update my web-site! Now, my husband goes to work, kids go to school and I stay home!!!! After 16 years of full-time teaching, I could finally take some time off and focus on what I have always wanted to do : Spread the joy of EBRU!

I am hoping to get to know more people in America, teach them Ebru and learn different forms of art from them. Get inspired, share the wisdom, discuss the possibilities and experiment with various artistic methods, techniques and make new discoveries.

My Australian customers, do not worry ! My Australian office is still open.  You can still have your orders shipped to NSW, QLD, SA, WA , NT or TAS. It MIGHT take a bit longer than usual, but I still supply Ebru materials to my loyal Australian customers. Ebru enthusiasts who live in America, you can get in touch with me if you would like to learn more about Traditional Turkish Water-Marbling art. I look forward to hearing from you! Let`s get the ball rolling!!!:)

Ebru is now in UNESCO heritage list

Ebru is the traditional Turkish art of creating colourful patterns by sprinkling and brushing colour pigments onto a pan of oily water and then transferring the patterns to paper. Known as marbling, the designs and effects include flowers, foliage, ornamentation, latticework, mosques and moons, and are used for decoration in the traditional art of bookbinding. The practitioner uses natural methods to extract colours from natural pigments, which are then mixed with a few drops of ox-gall, a kind of natural acid, before sprinkling and brushing the colours onto a preparation of condensed liquid, where they float and form swirling patterns. Ebru artists, apprentices and practitioners consider their art to be an integral part of their traditional culture, identity and lifestyle. Their knowledge and skills, as well as the philosophy behind this art, are transmitted orally and through informal practical training within master-apprentice relationships. Achieving basic skills in Ebru takes at least two years. The tradition is practised without barrier of age, gender or ethnicity, and plays a significant role in the empowerment of women and the improvement of community relationships. The collective art of Ebru encourages dialogue through friendly conversation, reinforces social ties and strengthens relations between individuals and communities.

Decision 9.COM 10.44

The Committee (…) decides that [this element] satisfies the criteria for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as follows:

R.1: Ebru patterns and designs are transmitted from masters to students, promoting the participation of women and youth in cultural life and thereby strengthening consciousness about identity and cultural heritage;

R.2: The inscription of the element on the Representative List could encourage the renewal of its artistic language and the development of a network of creative communities; it could also promote the exchange of marbling experiences, thereby contributing to dialogue among different communities and artists;

R.3: Both the State Party and the communities concerned are committed to safeguarding the Turkish art of marbling through a series of measures that varies from the creation of a research and apprenticeship centre to a learning project for children, from fostering documentation to its promotion through symposiums and museological work;

R.4: The nomination process has been driven by the interest and demand expressed by the community of practitioners that has expressed through several working groups its free, prior and informed consent to the nomination;

R.5: The element was included in 2010 in the Intangible Cultural Heritage National Inventory of Turkey carried out under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and updated in 2013.

Information is from:

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/00644

Distant Learning:)

danebru1-300x201Yesterday I gave my last Ebru workshop before I fly to Turkey on 20th of June. It was like a clear, bright window to me amongst the busy days. I like it very much when people tell me that they really enjoyed the workshop and they wish to do it again. Sometimes they buy the Ebru kit and try to do it at home. I give guidance to the ones who want to do Ebru by themselves in Perth. However I also do distant teaching. My wonderful student, Daniel from NSW, hadn’t done any marbling before when he wrote to me.

danebru2-300x214We just communicated through e-mails and I sent him all the materials. I am proud to share what he has done just by himself. Well-done Daniel, I can see an Ebru master is about to be born in NSW.

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Live EBRU at WA Parliament House

ebruliveYesterday, was a big day for me. Intercultural Harmony Society organized  WA Parliament Iftar Dinner which was hosted by members of WA Parliament. The Iftar dinner aimed to enhance and deepen relationships of Muslims and members of the wider community. There were so many Western Australian Parliamentarians, journalists, senior members of academia, multi-faith community leaders and the Muslim community’s religious and civic leaders. Because Ebru is known as one of the best forms of Islamic Art, as an Ebru practitioner I was invited to make a live Ebru demonstration for the guests. Sufi music group accompanied me through my performance and my Ebru performance on the tray was projected to wide screen for the guests to watch. I marbledsilkcouldn’t take my eyes off the tray at all so I do not know what people thought about it but at the end of the show many people congratulated me and told me that they liked it a lot. That appreciation of Ebru Art made me so happy. Before the dinner I was busy for weeks preparing 100 hand marbled silk handkerchieves for the guests as a memory of the night. I am so proud that I could give the participants a small Ebru gift to take away with themselves. I hope they like it.

EBRU from the eyes of a master

ebru06I found this info Kusadasi forum and liked it a lot, so sharing with Ebru lovers.

Water. Few things are as miraculous. Graceful, powerful, mysterious – it’s as precious as life itself. Centuries ago, inspired men and women gazed upon this most vital of elements and drew forth an art form like no other.

Their name for this exhilarating dance of color on water is Ebru. Sometimes described as the art of marble etching, Ebru isn’t chiseled or painted. Its beauty is unveiled through water. Every tiny drop of color descends into a sea of possibilities as a masterpiece is born.

ebru05Marbling is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern to paper. The special tools of the trade are brushes of horsehair bound to straight rose twigs, a deep tray made of unknotted pinewood, natural earth pigments, cattle gall and tragacanth. It is believed to be invented in the thirteenth century Turkistan. This decorative art then spread to China, India and Persia and Anatolia. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate books, imperial decrees, official correspondence and documents. New forms and techniques were perfected in the process and Turkey remained the center of marbling for many centuries. Up until the 1920′s, marblers had workshops in the Beyazit district of
Istanbul, creating for both the local and European market, where it is known as Turkish marble paper.

The Turkish art of Ebru which is known to be practiced in Istanbul for more than five hundred years and known as “Turkish paper” for centuries in the western world certainly has a tradition which is passed from generation to generation by a master and apprentice relationship.

Ebru is an art which cannot be learnt by reading or listening as all other Ottoman Arts. It is extremely difficult as regards to its performance and effected by various parameters which are outside the control of a beginner. In order to overcome all these difficulties and guide the novice marbler to understand what he/she is doing so that technically perfect results are achieved, the guidance of a master is needed. It is seen that there is no marbler without a master and the tradition is passed from generation to generation by a master and apprentice relationship if our history of Ebru is examined. Ebru learnt without a master has no relation with our tradition.

ebru04One of the most important characteristics of our tradition is the use of natural earth pigments which belong to the chemical family of metal-oxides and other natural dyeing material all of which are not chemically soluble in water. The primary reason for using earth pigments is that the marblers lived centuries ago had no choice of making dyes other than the nature itself. Later marblers used dyes of the same origin to imitate their predecessors, to continue the tradition in terms of colour and appearance and to make the marbled papers permanent. It will be useful to clarify what is meant by “permanent”. During production of ready to use, off the shelf fabricated dyes, various acids and casein are added and by experience, it has been found that these acids burn the paper hence the binding or the calligraphy where Ebru is used.