Meet Shaine Drake: Intro to Marbling Paper Workshop on 10/21

We are excited to have Shaine Drake come to the LPP Workshop to teach the art of paper marbling. The workshop is 10/21 from 1-3:30. Each student will receive an LPP Art Kit with all materials included to work in the class and at home! We have a few more spots! Go to our online shop to sign up!Shaine Drake is a weaver and marbling artist. She lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

1. How did you get into marbling?

A little over 5 years ago I was working at an art supply store in the city and discovered a
basic starter kit for marbling. I love old books and recognized marbling from the paper used for
the inside covers and spines. I was pretty much instantly attracted to the process. It’s become
really cathartic for me actually. Marbling requires a lot of letting go and leaving things to
chance. The kit didn’t give me the results I really wanted though so I became obsessed with
figuring it out myself. I’m still looking things up online and finding new and old books about the
craft all the time. There’s so much you can do with marbling, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it
or stop learning new techniques.


2. Is there an artist who’s work you are really excited about lately?

There are so many people making incredible work right now! I love Sheryl Oppenheim’s
work. She’s a marbler as well and creates really striking pieces using traditional patterns in
different ways and incorporating double marbling and masking. She’s also created amazing
books using her work, which is something I’d love to do. The work she posts inspires me to
experiment more in my own practice…and makes me a little jealous too. They’re so good!


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3. You also make weavings, how did you start doing that? 

Just after moving to San Francisco, I met a local weaver who was selling her handwoven
clothing and wall hangings and she told me about a home studio in Berkeley that taught a
Japanese-style weaving called Saori. I started attending weekly floor loom weaving classes at
the studio and fell in love with it. My sister-in- law is also an incredible weaver, using a more
structured pattern-based weaving style than Saori, and she introduced me to a beautiful
weaving/fiber community in the bay area through the non-profit Fibershed…which everyone
should check out!


4. Do you find your weavings and your marbling cross-informing each other? Do you think of these processes alike, or are they completely different ways of working for you?

They’re so completely different in terms of materials but I do think of them as alike in a lot of
ways. I keep them pretty separate and focus on one at a time but my style and approach to
both practices are really similar. There’s a decent amount of prep work involved in each
process. With all the prep I can be really meticulous and then when actually weaving and
marbling I can be messy and play around.
I do have a fantasy of weaving marbled patterns as a way to bring them together. I love pattern-
making and both really feed into that. The artist Kustaa Saksi created a collection of insane
jacquard woven tapestries that incorporate some marbled imagery that blew my mind.



5. What are sources of inspiration for you? If you ever find yourself in a creative/personal funk what helps you get out of it?

Since finally moving to the Sunset earlier this year, I’ve definitely been inspired by the colors
and style of the neighborhood. I love stone inlay work too and the combination of natural stones
and geometric patterns. I find a lot of inspiration in the flooring and walls at places like the Getty
Villa. Walking around the city, Chinatown has some amazing spaces with a lot of contrasting
stonework and some of the older buildings downtown have beautiful, more classical marble
inlay. One of my favorite constants in the city is terrazzo. I’ve recently found a way to create a
terrazzo-like look in marbling that I’m so excited about.

When I’m in a funk I try to get out of the city and visit places along the coast and go on hikes.
Point Reyes and the Marin Headlands are a couple of my favorite places to visit and walk
around. I always end up feeling inspired and just generally better after visiting. I love SF but
you can really feel how compact it is sometimes. Also, as part of The Commons at the
Headlands Center for the Arts, Ball-Nogues Studio just created an amazing terrazzo installation!

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We hope to see you at Shaine’s workshop!


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