Suminagashi (Japanese Marbling) as Meditation

Linh My Truong
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Taught by Linh My Truong

Linh My Truong is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working with video, textiles, and ceramics. Through her exploration of the Japanese marbling art of suminagashi and the slow process art of weaving and embroidery, she finds a place between chaos theory and an ordered universe, fragmentation and identity, detachment and control. She is interested in the use of creativity as a catalyst for personal healing and transformation and teaches textile classes in the NYC area and beyond. You can find her at and follow her on instagram @linhervision.

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In this workshop, you will learn suminagashi, the Japanese art of marbling, which translates to “floating ink”.

Ink brushes dipped in water create hypnotic, swirling patterns reminiscent of natural phenomena from the grain of wood to the cosmos. Students will explore using different tools and substances to manipulate the patterns while creating monoprints on paper and silk. In addition to its use as a decorative paper art, suminagashi was traditionally used by Shinto priests and Buddhist monks to commune with nature in meditation. The constantly evolving fluidity of suminagashi lends itself well to a meditative practice, and we will conclude the class with an optional 20 minute suminagashi meditation or quiet practice.

Suminagashi Dreams: Episode I from Linh Truong on Vimeo.

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