Exceptional examples of traditional crafts are created on-site at the Living Traditions Festival by masters of their respective art forms. These craft artists have acquired the skills and techniques that are passed down through generations or learned through apprenticeships. Artists often share the history of the art form, as well as how they became interested in it. The traditional materials and techniques are part of the story as well. Many of the Living Traditions craft demonstrators have been recognized with awards for excellence.


Turkish Paper Marbling (Ebru)

Get your ink on! Ebru is the traditional Turkish art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments onto a pan of oily water and then transferring the patterns to paper. Known as paper marbling, this art is commonly used for decoration in bookbinding. The knowledge and skills of Ebru artists are traditionally passed down through apprenticeships; with our FOLK ART MAKE-AND-TAKE you will receive a fun, free hands-on introduction to this centuries-old art form.

*All materials provided for participants. Space is limited — advance sign-up required. Minimum age 10+.


Artist Bio:

Elvan Akkaya was born and raised in Turkey. Due to her strong interest from an early age in Turkish Paper Marbling or “Ebru, she attended a professional course and became a certified Ebru Artist in 2011 in Turkey. Since then, she has exhibited her art pieces in Arizona and Utah. She teaches students different techniques of Ebru Art through several courses and private classes.