Ever since the 15th century, people have been experimenting with Ebru - the traditional art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern onto paper, fabric or objects. This class will let students experience and experiment with the magic process of marbling.
This fun, messy and energetic workshop is led by artist and master marbler, Maeve Broome. Broome is known worldwide for her one-of-a-kind, marbled wearables and home goods. She will guide students through the process of preparing materials for transfer, mixing a marbling bath, building up color and pattern and then transferring that pattern to the pre-treated materials. She will encourage students to experiment with different patterns and teach them how to create final pieces with crisp patterns by using water and heavy pigmentation.
Leave your ideas of perfection at home and get ready to let fluidity and free-flowing creativity take over! Aside from hands on learning, Broome will talk about the history of marbling and provide examples of historic patterns.
All artist tools and materials will be provided but bring an apron or clothes your don't care about getting messy. Feel free to bring along a notebook for taking notes and any visual inspiration for your designs. Broome will show marbling on a range of materials; wood, paper and fabric. Students will leave with a couple of finished wooden pieces, some paper pieces that can be used to make cards, artworks, etc. and some squares of linen that students can sew into something on their own time.
Lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday. If you have dietary restrictions or serious allergies, please email us in advance so that we can accommodate. We pride ourselves on offering healthy meals that use as many fresh, locally-sourced and organic ingredients as possible. Every effort will be made to ensure options are available to students with food limitations.
Accommodations are not included. We recommend booking a local Airbnb, hotel or motel in Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport or Rockland. Here are links to a few local favorites in the Midcoast Area:
Lincolnville Motel (hip, laid-back, affordable, renovated vintage motor inn)
Drift Oceanside Inn (oceanfront cabins close to the Camden Hills State Park)
Whitehall Inn (boutique hotel within walking distance to downtown Camden)
250 Main (high-end boutique hotel in Rockland Arts District)
Camden Accommodations (vacation rentals in Midcoast area)
Airbnb (Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport and Rockland are all within a 25-minute drive)
WHAT TO BRING
All artist tools, mediums, and materials will be provided.
This workshop is designed for people of all skill levels who are wanting to experiment with marbling and new techniques. No prior art experience is required.
If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 30 days before the start of the workshop. We will refund your tuition, minus a $125 cancellation fee or you may transfer your full tuition amount to another Workshop at Howe Hill Farm within 18 months. Cancellations made after 30 days prior will result in forfeit of the full tuition amount. If you are traveling to attend a workshop we recommend insuring your trip with Travelex insurance so your trip and tuition can be covered in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances. We are monitoring Covid-19 closely and have updated our Terms and Conditions to address this virus directly. We will follow CDC guidelines and make the call 30 days prior to the workshop running. If it is deemed unsafe, we will provide full refunds to every student enrolled. Please read our full Terms & Conditions and Liability Waiver for more information.
This class will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a 1-hour break for lunch.
A maximum of 12 students, and a minimum of 6*
*The workshop will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met within 30 days of the workshop start. If cancelled, a full refund will be issued to all registered students. We recommend waiting until you receive our confirmation email that minimum enrollment has been met to make your travel arrangements or investing in travel insurance to reimburse your expenses if the course is canceled.
*By registering, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
For artist Maeve “Maisie” Broome, every single surface is worthy of a psychedelic marbling treatment, whether that’s a piece of driftwood, a feather, a custom-made outfit, or a throw pillow. Born and raised in Maine, the creative has been experimenting with marbling for nearly 10 years, turning all kinds of everyday objects into original, dreamy pieces for the home and the body.
With a background in sculpture and two-dimensional design, Broome is the founder of Myfawnwy, a multidisciplinary design studio through which she releases one-off pieces that update old marbling techniques that have been around for centuries. Broome is drawn to the ways in which the medium doesn’t allow her to exert too much control over the outcome. “Marbling lets me play with illusion and experiment with fluidity,” she says. It’s through this conceptual exploration that Broome aims to create a complete environment in which all her different work can live where there is no distinction between design and art.
Much of Broome’s creative inspiration is drawn from patterns found in nature—from light shining through leaves to the spontaneous patterns we see when we close our eyes, the artist finds the relationship between the interior and exterior landscape deeply fascinating. Her marbled clothing, prints and objects are sold at boutiques all over the world. She recently launched a line of marbled mirrors for Urban Outfitters. She currently lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens.