We’ve been marbling for over two decades, as a team, with Dean doing the marbling and Linda working with finished fabrics. Marble-T Design started on a whim, as Linda wanted to use some marbled fabric in a quilt. While it took Dean close to a year to collect all the supplies needed, once he started marbling, he was hooked. Eight hours could go by without even realizing it!
In the early 90s, there were few books about marbling, with rarely one on fabric. It was hard to locate information about making various combs and other tools, since marbling had been a very closed/secretive art form. In fact, in the Middle Ages, marbling artisans were put to death if their Guilds discovered they were sharing information about various patterns. With the coming of the Internet, more and more information is freely shared. Thanks to the incredible marblers from Turkey who create video, we’ve learned how to make our materials and processes environmentally safe, as well as how to expand our repertoire of patterns – traditional and contemporary.
The move to finished artwork took a number of years as we both honed our various skills. After ten years we figured we were fairly proficient in the art (although we still continue to learn). No fabric was safe from the marbling tray: silk, denim, sateen, broadcloth, polyblends. velveteen, duck – we had so much fun experimenting. Now we focus on selling fabric worldwide, creating fiber and textile art as the fabrics speak to us. We also scan exceptional marbled pieces to manipulate with what we call digital marbling. We are increasing our commission work as folks decide they want an original fiber art piece from a centuries-old technique on their walls.
Working as a married team, with an incredible art form, and producing unique fiber and textile art – it doesn’t get much better than that!