So many designs…so little time! In the Marbling: Paper and Fabric class with Nancy Akerly and her assistant, Joyce Gitter, three days allowed for the exploration and creation of many designs and techniques including French Curl and Spanish Wave, but we’re sure the possibilities of so much more continues to swirl through the minds of the students even now. Step-by-step the process for each design is thoroughly explained and practiced. Even unexpected results can become favorites!
Besides marbling on plain and printed papers, students used cotton, silk and rayon for fabric pieces, scarves, shawls or small garments. What a creative, fun and color-filled class providing (almost) instant gratification!
Thinking about marbling brought the Stavkirke to mind and its altar with marbled-like paint effect. A husband and wife team (former Washington Island residents) carved and painted the altar in this now almost 30-year old island treasure.
Besides classes in Marbling, Nancy has taught cartonnage at Sievers and also offers classes at The Clearing and online through her business, Liberty Grove Paper Arts. In her August 22-25 Cartonnage: Toolbox with Drawer class here, students will construct this useful box using bookboard and Japanese papers.
She has also sent us several lidded, compartment boxes for our shop. The one on the left has a removable tray and on the right, a handmade book within a box.
Nancy took her first class at Sievers in 1997, Paper Play with Gisela Moyer. She’s gone on to take several more classes, including bookbinding and bookmaking with Dan Essig. When we asked Nancy to teach at Sievers, we immediately thought, “why did we wait so long”? She’s offered classes here since 2017 and we look forward to many more in the years to come!Share Sievers with Friends...
Gerri Barosso says
Beautiful work! Especially like the bright colors. They look great marbled.
Carolyn Foss says
Thanks for the comment! The studio sure was a “riot” of color!
Nancy Akerly says
What a wonderful summary of our class – and great photos! Thanks for the opportunity to work with so many talented and motivated artists in the most wonderful marbling studio ever! It is always a privilege and a pleasure to take or teach a class at Sievers!
Carolyn Foss says
Thanks for your lovely comments and we’re looking forward to seeing you again for your Cartonnage class and for many more to follow! We always hear from students what a wonderful teacher you are.