Ebru is a traditional Islamic and Turkish painting art, and can be defined as painting on water and transferring this painting onto paper. You would most likely recognise it as the marble type effect often seen on and in older books.
It is this long association with bookbinding that led the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the The University of Leeds to run free workshops on Saturday 21 September, giving people a chance to learn more and try to make some for themselves. It is the perfect compliment to their current exhibition of books from The Society of Bookbinders’ International Bookbinding Competition.
It seems that there was a great interest in the workshops, I’m sure because it is not something you come across everyday, and the two one-hour workshops booked out very quickly and I was left on the waiting list. But never mind; I had my paper workshop to go to instead.