More than Marbling: An Introduction to Modern Ebru w/ Garip Ay - Atlas Obscura Experiences

More than Marbling: An Introduction to Modern Ebru w/ Garip Ay

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Tue, Jul 19, 2022
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
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What We’ll Do

You may recognize the mesmerizing work of Garip Ay from his viral videos that feature recreations of famous paintings... on water! In this live virtual discussion and demonstration, Garip will share how he uses the techniques of traditional Turkish Ebru to create his own modern and unique works of art!

Garip Ay, an Ebru artist based in Istanbul, has put his own twist on the centuries-old art form. Using video and digital media, he has turned the traditional handicraft into a modern performance. In this experience, we'll sit down with Garip to discuss the origins of Ebru, how it has evolved, and its potential to grow in the digital age. After our brief discussion, Garip will take us over to his workspace where we'll learn about the tools and supplies used to make Ebru art, including how to mix an important ingredient into the paints and how to apply them on water. With a bird's eye view over the marbling bath, we'll watch as Garip demonstrates a few basic Ebru techniques and motifs.

Dating to at least the 15th-century, Ebru is a traditional Turkish form of paper marbling that involves creating patterns with special tools and paints on top of a shallow basin of viscous water. Those colorful patterns are then carefully transferred to paper. This type of marbling was commonly used for end pages in books, and also as a security device on important documents and paper currency. 

Join us to be moved by this fluid and flowing art form!


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About Your Host
Garip Ay
Garip Ay

Garip Ay was born in Siirt, Turkey and from a young age, showed an interest in pictorial arts. He attended Diyarbakır Fine Arts High School and received a major in Traditional Turkish Arts from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. After school, he started to see Ebru as an art as open for a change as the water it is made on. This perspective led to an evolution of the traditional Turkish art into a brand new form. His early work consisted of portraits of Turkish names including Yunus Emre, Mimar Sinan, Piri Reis, and more. He became internationally recognized with a remake of Starry Night by Van Gogh with a touch of Ebru. Following this success, Garip Ay was invited to galleries, workshops, and seminars around the globe. Through the medium of video art, he is able to share his renovated form of Ebru, which is blended with digital arts, with the world! 

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