ABOUT: Christin Ripley Studio specializes in hand-printed textiles that are formed into pillows, furniture & sculpture. All items are made start to finish by Ripley in New York’s Hudson Valley since 2014. Studio processes include: Turkish Ebru marbling, serigraph, relief printing, wood-working, bookbinding, sewing & upholstery. Ripley received a BFA from the Cooper Union in 2005, & lived in NYC for 14 years before moving to upstate NY. She’s held multiple residencies & internships in printmaking, paper-making & sculpture.
- Incrementalism: each generation advancing a field or technique by building upon past ancestors’ mastery.
- Bauhaus Objectives to:
- Reunite creativity in manufacturing (which industrialized processes teased out)
- Challenge traditional shapes & construction of functional forms
- Create functional objects with the soul of artworks
- Blur the distinction between fine & applied art
- Create Gesamtkunstwerks – total works of the arts
- Mathematics: uncovering the softly spoken universal language of mathematics as physically expressed in geometric shapes, reoccurring patterns, arcs & waves in calculus. Redefining traditional square and circular shapes of pillows by applying mathematical logic to physical form.
- Suminagashi: the artisan is not the driving force or author of a work, but the artisan is but one hand among many forces that make it possible for an idea to manifest in the material world.
ABOUT: TURKISH EBRU MARBLING is a surface print made by floating pigment atop a viscous liquid. Patterns are formed as the ink spreads across the surface of the liquid and can be manipulated with fans, feathers & combs. The marbleized pattern is captured by carefully floating paper or fabric on the liquid surface, absorbing the ink into its fibers.
It is thought that marbling was discovered by accident in China, but the first record of marbling is from 12th Century Japan “ink floating” or Suminagashi used by Shinto priests to write prayers & later becoming popular with the royal court. It wasn’t until the 16th Century that new variations of marbling spread westward in Turkey & Persia, during the Ottoman Empire called Ebru or “cloud art” by thickening the water to float heavier oil and gouache paints. In the 17th century the art of marbling was practiced in other parts of Europe including England, Holland, Germany, France & Italy.
Ripley’s process is based in the Turkish Ebru tradition, but instead of using the plant-based gum Tragacanth to thicken the water, Carrageenan is used to float high quality acrylic pigment. Carrageenan is derived from Irish Moss seaweed grown on the coast of Maine & Oregon. Each print of fabric is a unique monoprint, and although possible to replicate color-ways, impossible to identically mimic one yard to the next.
What’s unique about Ripley’s practice is the use heavier weight fabric for upholstery & large scale of the marbled prints. Each print or piece of marbled fabric measures 60” wide x 2-4yards long. Printing in segments for a total of 60-90 yards each run. The vat holds 37-40 gallons of liquid carrageenan.
ABOUT THE LINE: REST is a collection of comfort objects pushing the standard square & circular shapes of pillow construction. Line items are named after components of classical Greek architecture implying, they should be piled into a pillow fort to make it seem as if you’re in the midst of the rubble of an ancient ruin like the Acropolis or Parthenon. Marbled prints reflect a light, bright, sun-washed color pallet reflecting the colorways from Impressionist & Mannerist painting. All fabrics are hand-printed using the highest quality acrylic pigment on a medium-weight canvas, color-fast and safe for washing. Most have zippers & removable inserts. Pillows, cushions and beanbags are stuffed with a variety of materials including: WOOL, foam/dacron, polyfil, or Styrofoam bean bag pellets.