Pietro Accardi – Intensive Marbling on Paper and Fabric

InstructorPietro Accardi
Skill LevelAll Levels
Length of Workshop3 days
Date (s)Wednesday–Friday, June 26-28, 2024
Cost$175 per day x 3 days + $70 Material Fee
Total Price of Workshop$595

Workshop Description:

All that you need to know about marbling on paper and fabric (silk and cotton). Also we’ll talk about working with metallic paint (on paper) and how to create your own book cloth. We’ll discuss color theory and explore simple (and effective) ways to use the color wheel to create beautiful combinations of colors. The last day students will create their own marbled scarves. The goal is to marble 20-30 sheets of paper and 10 fabrics plus two silk scarves (15 x 60 inch).

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

  • Apron and comfortable shoes

See Materials Glossary for definitions and images

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:

  • Carrageenan
  • Trays for marbling
  • Primed paper
  • All the paraphernalia needed for marbling on fabric and paper

Instructor Biography:

Pietro is native to the northwestern Italian city of Turin where his father Gaetano founded and operated the printing press “Tipografia Accardi.” His youth spent in the press lead him to paper marbling, restoration, and bookbinding. Pietro established “La Legatoria del Sole,” an artisanal bookbindery in Turin. It served Turin’s Municipal Archives and public and university libraries. After coming to the U.S. he started teaching at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Together with his wife Vanessa he has founded Accardi Book Arts: a book arts studio and bindery in Gardnerville to preserve the tradition of handmade books.

Website: www.accardibookarts.com