Regina and Dan St. John are Chena River Marblers. They are practitioners of the art of marbling. This wondrous process involves the capturing of an intricate pattern from the surface of a liquid. Each marbled piece is one-of-a-kind as the marbler must start afresh for each new print.
Regina and Dan create lively, colorful marbled patterns on both silk and paper, using traditional and innovative methods. Their beautiful silks are used to make scarves, ties and bow ties. Their papers are used to decorate a wide variety of book products. Chena River Marblers miniature book pins, earrings and tie tacks have been customer favorites for years. Their studio is a source of marbled papers for fellow bookbinders and paper artists. They specialize in book edge-marbling, miniature marbling, custom marbled papers and wedding silks.
In general, Regina and Dan use methods which have been passed down through Renaissance Italy by bookbinders, but they never forget that the craft has its roots in the Middle and Far East. Originating in China and Japan, marbling traveled the silk route into Persia and Turkey and on into Europe. Regina and Dan are inspired by these varied marbling traditions and their work has been deeply influenced by them all. Their marbling continues to encompass much of the past, though they do not hesitate to incorporate a 21st Century twist to pattern, color and technique.