Ebru Workshop

Date: 04/24/09               Location: Coffmann Memorial Union, University of Minnesota

One of the most unique and beautiful forms of the Turkish art is Ebru, or water marbling. Ebru is formed by drawing designs with dye on top of water, and then carefully placing paper on the surface of the water in order to absorb the dye.

We hosted Ihsan Colak who is a performer of Ebru. Ihsan Colak took classes about Ebru from Dr. M. Refii Kileci who is a well known calligrapher and Ebru artist.

The event started by watching two introduction videos about Ebru and its history. Then, Ihsan Colak introduced the materials used to draw Ebru and demonstrated some well known types of Ebru.

The participants had a chance to experience Ebru and reflect their thoughts on the water. This was the most enjoyable section of the event. Most participants did a great job on the water even though it was their first try.

The event lasted with a small exhibition. The guests examined 40 different examples of Ebru drawn by Ihsan Colak


Ihsan Colak , Indiana University Bloomington


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