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Visit to Chena River Marblers

This weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while – attend Chena River Marblers‘ open studio.

In the past, I always had something else going on during the event, but it worked out well this time around. I had to be in MA to see my niece and nephew in a performance of The Nutcracker and Amherst was just a shortish drive from there.

The studio is located in a residential area, so I got to experience what some folks must go through when they visit my studio – even though there was a sign outside the door, I felt a bit strange going into someone’s home.

Chena River Marblers studio

I peeked in the window to confirm that I was in the right place, which of course I was. I opened the doors and was immediately met by so.much.paper…

Hand-marbled papers by Chena River Marblers

…and silk scarves and neckties…Hand-marbled scarves by Chena River Marblers

…and handmade books.

Handmade books by Chena River Marblers

Handmade books by Chena River Marblers

As I walked through the hall with what I can only assume was a gaping-wide mouth, I finally made it to the main part of the studio. I was greeted by the very sweet Regina St. John, one half of the marbling dynamic duo.

Inside of Chena River Marblers studio

She and her husband Dan have been marbling for over 30 years and they’ve got the stash to prove it. Holy crap, those flat files. Regina told me that they built those themselves.

Custom built paper flat files

Custom built paper flat files

I love being able to see the equipment that artists use to create their work. Tools = cool.

Paper marbling combs

Paper marbling whisks

I vowed after returning from my vacation to Japan that I would not buy any more paper this year. After all, I came back with over 50 sheets.

Yeah, that didn’t stick.

I started a pile, which changed rapidly as I made my way around the studio. Ooohhh…this paper is the best one! No, this one is! I can’t leave this one here!

Hand-marbled papers by Chena River Marblers

I finally settled on 8 sheets, which exceeded my budget by just a smidge (a miracle). It was totally worth it.

Here’s what I bought:

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers

Marbled paper by Chena River Marblers

Right? Right? This paper is so flipping gorgeous! I want to put it on the floor and roll around on it. I want to write it love letters. I want to hug it and squeeze it and call it George.

Obviously, the visit was amazing.

FYI – They hold their open studio every December, so you’ve got a year to make arrangements to attend the next one. 🙂

9 Responses to “Visit to Chena River Marblers”

By seley1 - 13 December 2016 Reply

Those papers are indeed stunning! Holy Crap, Batman!

By Elissa - 16 December 2016 Reply

Sidney –

You can come see them in person, if you like. 🙂

Elissa

By Penne - 13 December 2016 Reply

okay, so now I’m drooling over those sheets- thanks for the am eye candy – or perhaps I should say fiber candy…

By Elissa - 16 December 2016 Reply

Penne –

Come see them in person, seriously. My camera doesn’t do them justice.

Elissa

By Carol Erickson - 13 December 2016 Reply

Thanks, Elissa, for this look at Chena River Marbling. I took a week long class from Regina and Dan at John Campbell Folk School several years ago. It was well worth my time and money. Regina was very giving of her techniques and supplies. I learned so much.

By Elissa - 16 December 2016 Reply

Carol –

Lucky you to be able to take a class with them! Our book arts guild is trying to figure out if we could bring them here – finding a big enough space is tough.

Elissa

By daria wilber - 13 December 2016 Reply

Oh my word! What gorgeous paper!

By Elissa - 16 December 2016 Reply

Daria –

We’ll have to see if I have any problems cutting it up. For now, I will settle for gazing at it longingly.

Elissa

By daria wilber - 16 December 2016 Reply

Elissa, I totally get that!

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