Space Coast Weavers & Fiber Artists to Feature Marbling Expert Brenda Varner Feb. 25
By Space Coast Daily // February 9, 2023
Marbling is print technique that creates a swirl of colors that resembles patterns in marble
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The Space Coast Weavers & Fiber Artists will feature Brenda Varner, who will demonstrate the art of Marbling on paper and fabric, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, at the Merritt Island Public Library.
Marbling is a print technique that creates a swirl of colors that resembles the patterns in marble. Paints are floated on a thickened water solution called size.
Varner prepares the water with carrageenan, a non-toxic thickener made from seaweed.
Acrylic paint is dropped on the surface and manipulated to create a design. This is then transferred to a substrate such as paper or fabric by laying it over the floating paint.
The paper is dried and the fabric is rinsed, dried, and heat set by ironing.
Varner has been involved with Fiber Arts from a very young age. Encouraged by her mother and paternal grandmother, she learned to sew, embroider, crochet, and knit before the age of 10.
She has combined a love of art and travel to seek out teachers around the world learning to spin, weave, make lace, and braid from many cultures. Varner believes in the healing power of art.
Varner is a certified Zentangle instructor and will share this meditative art form with anyone who stands still.
She currently teaches various fiber arts at the Knit and Stitch Boutique in Cocoa Village and has taught on all their sponsored cruises.
In addition, she started the Florida Fiber In, an event for lovers of all string-related arts which will celebrate 20 years next year.
Since 1983 SCW&FA has been Brevard’s go-to guild for fiber arts: spinning, weaving, basketry, rug hooking, and more. The guild helps fiber artists, beginning or advanced, learn through workshops and the informal exchange of ideas.
They also work to educate the public about the fiber arts. Meetings are free and open to the public.
For more information call Jeanie McCormack at 321-266-1610.