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Water Marbling Workshop

Hayrettin is a London-based Ebru Artist and workshop leader who offers workshops and courses to people interested in this fantastic skill. Ebru Art is performed using aqueous natural pigments mixed with ox-gall in a rectangular trough filled with thickened water, traditionally prepared using Gum Tragacanth. Colours are sprinkled using brushes made of rose stalks and horsehair on the surface of the thickened water in the trough. The floating pattern is imprinted on paper after being reshaped and retouched using pins, needles and combs.

Hayrettin has worked in collaboration with communities, schools and hospitals. He has regularly offered classes and workshops in the Turkish Education Group, London. Ebru has proved therapeutic for many and is accessible to all regardless of skill level.

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Here’s what Ebru Art’s clients said:

“Thanks for all your amazing work on the Journey Across Cultures project so far, the workshops have been great and it’s wonderful to see all the children so engaged.”
Rachel Toogood, Creative Islington

“I think it was a great afternoon and good to see both patients and staff taking part. Some staff have asked if they could have a session just for them! The fact that finished pieces could be completed quickly was a bonus and that people enjoyed just watching others. I can see that it was hard work for you as an artist preparing and running the session, so thank you for your efforts.”
Vivienne Gordon, Arts Co-ordinator at the National Spinal Injuries Centre. Stoke Mandeville Hospital

“What a fantastic experience! Our teacher was talented, patient, kind and funny. The workshop was well-organised and the teaching well-paced yet relaxed. We left more knowledgeable and skilled, clutching several pieces of marbling to prove it. There is something very therapeutic about this art form and I felt good at the end of the session.”
Andrea, a workshop attendee in 2017


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