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Sat, Feb 03


San Francisco

Japanese Paper & Fabric Marbling Workshop with Robert Mahar (February)

Explore the Japanese art of suminagashi with artist and maker Robert Mahar - and learn how to marble both paper and silk fabric in this beginner-friendly introductory workshop.

Japanese Paper & Fabric Marbling Workshop with Robert Mahar (February)
Japanese Paper & Fabric Marbling Workshop with Robert Mahar (February)

Time & Location

Feb 03, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

San Francisco, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA

About the event

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024 

Time:10AM - 12:30PM

 Location: County Fair Building, Recreation Room  

Workshop Description: 

Join artist and maker Robert Mahar in a playful introduction to suminagashi, a Japanese marbling technique that creates beautifully muted patterns of color to be transferred onto paper and fabric. Perfectly suited for beginners, participants will learn best practices for working with these specifically formulated floating inks and creative ways to manipulate them on the surface of a water bath. The resulting marbled designs will be captured on a variety of papers and silk handkerchiefs--and instruction will include discussion of the numerous ways you can incorporate these marbled materials into future projects.  This class will be held in the Recreation Room of the County Fair Building - located adjacent to the main entrance of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. 


All materials are included and will be provided to participants when they arrive for the workshop. Each student will receive, and may take home at the end of class, an individual set of marbling inks, brushes, water pan, a variety of paper and silk handkerchiefs. Please wear clothing and shoes that you won't mind getting splashed with water and (potentially, but unlikely!) stained with ink.  

About the instructor: 

Robert Mahar is a California-based artist and educator who teaches thoughtfully researched and developed hands-on projects based in historical craft traditions. He’s also a proud contestant alumni, and subsequent associate producer, on NBC’s crafting competition show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. Learn more about Robert, explore his video tutorial archive and shop his collection of curious embroidery samplers at

Participant fees: Adult (Ages 18+) - $110

GGGP members receive a 10% discount. Please access your membership portal for this discount.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

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