Our ČeskoTurecko / ÇekTürk team’s deep interest in Ebru art — described as painting on water — started in 5th World Ebru Day held in Prague in 2016. You might have heard that we were the media sponsor of Prague 5th World Ebru Day, via our blog posts, social media channels and photos.
Sevil Başaran, whom we met during 5th World Ebru Day in Prague in 2016 and who introduced us Ebru art and its “magic” and who became our first Ebru teacher, is currently living in Prague and doing such nice workshops, activities about Ebru art in Prague. And we had the chance to make a great interview with Sevil Başaran — to ask her the reason why she is in Prague, the activities about Ebru she has been doing in Prague, the story about how she met Ebru for the first time and also about beauties, secrets of Ebru art.
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ČeskoTurecko / ÇekTürk interview proudly presents: Ebru artist and teacher in Prague, Sevil Başaran
1. As an Ebru artist and a Ebru teacher currently living in PragueÂ (after Turkey and Japan), could you please briefly tell your story and background?Â How did you decide to become an Ebru artist / teacher?
I grew up in İstanbul, one of the culture capitals of the world. In university, I studied psychology. In my last year of university I discovered the amazing art of ebru. Immediately I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I was challenging and required patience and calm mind. I developed a passion for it in time. Then, I chose Mr. Kubilay Dincer as my ebru master and I have been learning from him since 2013. I started to teach after a few months.
2. How did you decide to move to Prague to teach Ebru art and why? What are your specific activities about Ebru art in Prague now?
5th World Ebru Day event was held in Prague in 2016. At that time, I had the opportunity to work for Ms. Xenia Sulimenko, the patron of the event. After successful completion of 5th World Ebru Day, we decided to work together to promote the art form in Europe. Currently, we are doing classes and private workshops in our studio and participate in domestic and international exhibitions. We are also the distributor of ebru material in EU.
3. What do you think about 5thÂ World Ebru Day last year in Prague between 21 – 27.11.2016? How was the your experience and feedback about the event and the feedback from the visitors?
In my opinion, it was a huge success. The goal of the gathering was creating a global platform for ebru artists and promote sharing inspiration and technical knowledge. Thanks to Xenia, without whom there would be no such gathering, many artists are now connected across the globe and an alternative community is created. I must say, it had a great influence on my future plans and how I view modern ebru.
4. Could you please explain what is Ebru art, how to paint on the water and where is its technique coming from?
The technique is said to have originated in Far East at least a millennium ago. Taking its roots from China, the craft travelled west along the Silk Road. It is rumored that the roots of modern day marbling developed in Uzbekistan region around 8th-10th century and moved through Seljuk and Ottoman Empire until it settled in Istanbul. Here the technique was perfected and passed from master to disciple. Later the technique was adopted by European paper makers and bookbinders. What you need for ebru is a viscous liquid (gum resine was often used) and natural pigments.
5. What are the benefits and the advantages of Ebru art?
First of all, ebru improves your general mood. It is a great way to relieve stress. It has a calming effect on the mind and some people see it as a way of meditation. Moreover, ebru is most liked by children and it can improve the attention span of children with attention deficit problems. Lastly, there are no mistakes in ebru. You can get creative!
6. Could you compare the popularity of Ebru art in Turkey and in the Czech Republic? How do you consider the interest of people to Ebru art in the world and in Czechia now?
I think, in Czechia ebru has much potential. In Europe, people have a more open-minded approach to arts and crafts. While in Turkey there is a tendency to stick with the traditional ways, everywhere else in the world ebru is celebrated with discovery of new techniques and designs.
7. It seems possible to apply Ebru art almost everywhere, also on our own bodies thanks to a latest trend! What would you say about the application areas of Ebru?
Although some masters insist on ebru being on paper, technique of water marbling can be used for practically everything. Applying ebru technique in various materials, such as canvas, fabric, wood, leather, ceramics etc, you can use it in every aspect of your daily life. You can make your own ebru mug; you can sew for your daughter’s doll an ebru dress or make it into a family fun time; you can decorate your garden with ebru pots; handmade ebru leather wallets are the latest fashion.
8. What do you think about the future of Ebru art?
There is a new trend called “bodymarbling”. It was initiated a few years ago in USA and last year it spread all around the world. We had a couple of performances in and out of Czechia last year. We are looking forward to take them to a higher level this year, with the introduction of Uv reactive neon paints.
9. How can people attend your Ebru workshops and lessons in Prague? What do they need to know before starting and what are they going to learn in your workshops? Can everyone learn it easily?
You can find the full class schedule on our Facebook page and our website. You can choose the topic you like and the date suitable for you, and then make reservations through website, email or phone. You donâ€™t need to bring anything except a good positive mood. In class we teach basic techniques and designs. We do different topic every week, so regular or multiple attendance is recommended for better learning. The instruction language is mainly English, but also Czech is spoken in the workshop.
10. What are your suggestions / recommendations for the people who would like to start Ebru art? Why would you recommend starting Ebru art, especially with your workshops / lessons?
I recommend taking ebru classes to those who want to spend a productive weekend and to get creative in new ways.
You should start immediately! Our classes are for everyone, adults and young people alike. Every participant has his/her own tray and can work freely at the second part of class. I try to give them enough space to discover ebru themselves. Of course, it is not just limited to paper marbling. We organize special workshops on demand.
Don’t miss the Ebru classes and workshops in Prague — both for adults and kids!
Visit Ebru Art web site to view Ebru classes and workshop programs in Prague: www.ebruart.cz/ebru_events (Facebook etkinlik sayfası)
Some of the upcoming Ebru events in Prague are seen below:
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