Learn the ancient art of gilding, the technique of applying thin leaves of pounded metal to a prepared surface, and its many exciting contemporary applications. This workshop is of interest to painters, book artists, woodworkers, surface designers and those interested in mixed-media applications.
In the first week, students will create a series of sample boards using a variety of techniques on prepared hardboard and paper. Beginning with the importance of ground preparation, students will discover the fundamentals of water-based mordant gilding with Dutch metal, composition gold, aluminum and copper leaf.
Traditional Renaissance surface embellishment processes are explored – such as sgrafitto (“to scratch through”); granito, a technique for creating background texture and patterns; and pastiglia, a form of low relief that creates a raised surface, antiquing and distressing – as well as non-traditional surface applications.
We will research ornamental designs and interpret them for our various individual projects during the second week. Please feel free to bring your design ideas and other inspirational materials to adapt as well.
All gilding supplies will be included in the class fee. A materials list of supplies one may bring from home will be provided.
The 2-week workshop will be rounded out with trips to Siena and Florence.
A surface designer, color consultant, studio artist and educator, Linda Gravina Ridings lived in Tuscany for 20 years and was educated at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, where she received her fine arts degree.
After earning her Masters of Fine Arts in Surface Design, she launched a highly successful ornamental design business, Artemura, which teamed her with nationally recognized interior designers who relied on her sense of color and style to create custom spaces and furnishings.
Linda Gravina Ridings’ design work has appeared in publications such as House Beautiful, British House and Garden, Women’s Wear Daily, Southern Accents, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and books such as House Beautiful Great Style Series, Nouvel Objet Korea and Fabrications, as well as profiles in The Baltimore Sun, Maryland Life Magazine, Style Magazine and Maryland Public Television’s “Artworks This Week”.
She collaborated with the Manuscript and Rare Books department of the Walter’s Art Museum and Maryland Institute College of Art, conducting a workshop on the Art of Gilding and Illuminated Manuscripts. She has been a workshop leader and educator on subjects as varied as Surface Design, Textile Embellishment and Renaissance Gilding and Painting Techniques since 1989.
Her line of one of a kind, hand painted silk velvets have been selected for the museum store of The Textile Museum in Washington DC, The Maryland Historical Society and Bergdorf Goodman in New York.