The Art of Ingrid Butler and Moth Marblers

"decorative paper and silk marbler"

480 Gate 5 Road, Studio #302,
Sausalito, CA 94965

International Marbler

Decorative Papers by Ingrid Butler

"The World of Marbling"

Contemporary and Traditional Decorative Papers


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Ingrid Butler

is featured in a new book published by the Met in NYC

"Pattern And Flow: A Golden Age of American Decorated Paper, 1960s to 2000s"

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Hand Bound Books by Ingrid Butler

One-of-a-kind

Decorative Paper Books


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Hand Bound Books

Ingrid Butler

"decorative paper and silk marbler and artist"

480 Gate 5 Road, Studio #302,
Sausalito, CA 94965

MARBLER

Decorative Papers by Ingrid Butler

The World of Marbling

Contemporary and Traditional Decorative Papers


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Virtual Gallery

COLLECTIONS


Where is Ingrid's work?
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library, New York City
The Grolier Club of New York, New York City
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Betty Boyd Dettre Library, Washington, DC
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Library, Istanbul, Turkey
The Royal Hague Library, The Netherlands
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
American Museum of Paper Making, Atlanta, GA
The Fleet Library, The Rhode Island School of Design, RI
The Allen Library, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
Texas A&M, Cushing Memorial Library, College Station, TX
University of Miami, Richter Library, Coral Gables, FL
San Jose State University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose, CA
University of California, Santa Cruz Library, CA
Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley, CA
The San Francisco Public Library, SF, CA
Mills College, Oakland, CA
Sakaide City Hall, Sakaide, Japan
Palace of the Governor’s Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ingrid's Art







ABOUT THE ARTIST

It all began in my Grandfather Kirkpatrick’s grand old library, dark wood, sliding ladder, and many ancient books that had marbled end papers.

I was smitten by the beauty and visual mystery of these papers beginning and ending each volume. I was ten, and I never forgot the swirls and fine patterns.

Later, at the Rhode Island School of Design where I studied for four years, I searched for information on the technique for the marbling process. No luck, although, I did learn about the wonders of color from Joseph Albers my color theory teacher.

After graduation from RISD, I traveled throughout Italy for three years immersing myself in Italian art and architecture. I did see traditional marbled papers in Venice and Florence, but never found the laboratories where the papers were printed.

Finally, in San Francisco in 1983, I took a marbling class taught by a German woman, Anna Wolf, who had studied with a Turkish marbling master. She influenced my future life. What joy and excitement I experienced that day. I was consumed by a desire to master the traditional techniques and images of marbling and make them contemporary. I succeeded.

For twenty-six years, I have been a production marbler, creating thousands of decorated sheets for bookbinders, picture framers, paper collectors and art supply stores. Moth Marblers is the name of my business.

My studio in Sausalito is my haven. In this creative space, my keen sense of color and love of design, combine in the creation of fascinating and timeless papers. The modern designs have classical roots, whose patterns range from subtle to bold, and traditional to contemporary.

History: The Persians developed marbling in the 16th century to decorate manuscripts and legal documents. The process was secret.

Process: I float color prepared with ox gall on water thickened with carrageenan. Next the colors are teased into patterns, using a variety of tools. Once the desired pattern is achieved, I lay a piece of acid-free paper upon the image floating on the water and then withdraw it. The design is transferred to the paper permanently. The marbled sheet is washed and hung to dry. For the next paper I begin the procedure anew. On a good day, I can create about 50 decorated papers. Then I go home to my “white room” and collapse.

During the past few years I have made eighteen one of a kind books entitled, “Twenty Years of Marbled and Decorated Paper.” The Houghton Library at Harvard University recently acquired my first volume.

- Ingrid Butler, decorative paper and silk marbler and artist

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BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE MET IN NYC


Announcing the release of "Pattern And Flow: A Golden Age of American Decorated Paper, 1960s to 2000s" - Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Author Mindell Dubansky.

Ingrid Butler is featured in this substantial new book. Buy directly from Yale University Press or Amazon.

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The Paper Legacy Project Collection is featuring this book and the artists' work at The Grolier Club in New York City. This exhibition of American Deocrated Papers is curated by Mindell Dubansky and runs from January 18 to April 8, 2023. I'll be there this Spring so make plans soon.

- Ingrid Butler, decorative paper and silk marbler and artist

The Book

HAND BOUND BOOKS


All Decorative Paper Books are hand bound and one-of-a-kind

Pricing upon request

All books are signed by artist

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Book #1: “Twenty-eight Years of Marbled and Decorated Papers”
Fifty-eight original paper inclusions, 9” x 12”

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Book #2: “Twenty-eight Years of Marbled and Decorated Papers”
Forty-one original paper inclusions, 8” x 12”

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Book #3: “Twenty-eight Years of Marbled and Decorative Papers”
Thirty-nine original paper inclusions, 7 1/4” x 10”

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Book #4: “Twenty-eight Years of Marbled and Decorative Papers”
Twenty-two original paper inclusions, 10 1/2” x 14”

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Book #5: “Twenty Years of Marbled and Decorative Papers”
Thirty original paper inclusions, 6 3/4” x 8 1/2”

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