Introduction to Japanese Sunago – Bridgette K Schneider – PR

Dates: August 6 – This is 1 day class
Class Price: $222.00
Minimum 2 Student
Max. 6 Students

About the class:

Learn the beautiful one-of-a-kind gilded method of Sunago (fleck gilding) that can be used on paper, wooden boxes and more, using loose leaf and specific Japanese gilding tools. It is suitable for both beginners and seasoned gilders.

In this one-day class we will learn how to make different types of flecks, try traditional and alternative ways to prepare our surfaces, and discuss the adjustments needed for different metals. We will start by dyeing white cotton paper to enhance gild, then gild colorful mulberry paper, the dried dyed paper and a small wooden box. We will end by decorating one of our cotton papers with Japanese paints.

Sunago has its roots in Asia and was favored and adopted by Middle Eastern calligraphy and illumination traditions. Where to source supplies will be included.

Decorative mulberry paper will be provided in class but if there is time at the end, we can try the sunago techniques on a piece of decorative paper that you bring from home. Please don’t bring anything that is too precious to experiment on.

Early registration ends June 14! After registration is complete you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access all conference classes.


Materials included in price:

Includes mulberry paper, dye, leaf, and other materials used in class.
Many thanks to W&B Gold Leaf who will be supplying the metal leaf

Students bring:

  • Your own dust mask.  
  • A 4″ brush (foam or soft bristles) 
  • Size 1 watercolor brush any other small painting brushes 
  • Recommended: Layered clothing (we will not be able to open the windows or have a fan blowing.) 
  • Recommended: gilder’s knife and cushion.

Please contact instructor for details

About the teacher:

Bridgette uses ancient techniques of precious metal gilding, hand-made pigments, modern materials and hand-held drafting tools to create ornamental works, illuminations, murals and jewelry. Bridgette often uses locally sourced organic material and crushed semi-precious stones and is influenced from living in Japan, Israel, China, and the woods of the Pacific Northwest and global curiosity. Bridgette holds a BA in industrial design from the Art Institute of Portland and finished four courses with the King’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London in collaboration with the VM Center for Traditional Arts in Pakistan in 2022. Bridgette worked as a consultant gilder at a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Israel, painted ornamental ceilings in China and the US and helped to restore gilt work at historical sites in the US with the Society of Gilders. Last year, Bridgette completed two gilded murals for Wayfarer Theaters in Highland Park, Illinois, was a guest lecturer at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston Idaho and at Jim Croft’s north Idaho bookbinding intensive and traveled to London to study Mamluk manuscript illumination at the King’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Bridgette also teaches for the Society of Gilders and at Moscow Contemporary in Idaho.

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