Jill Wagoner, Fiber Artist

Jill Wagoner is a self-taught marbler from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.  For more than two decades she has discovered, mastered and advanced this thousand-year-old art.  By combining traditional methods with modern materials, Jill creates fashion pieces with new patterns and fashion-forward color compositions.

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Jill Wagoner

I am a self-taught marbler from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.  Over the past two decades, I’ve discovered, mastered and advanced this time honored art form thought to have originated in Japan more than one thousand years ago.

I combine traditional methods with modern materials to fashion silk ties and scarves.  I add unique techniques to create new exquisite patterns and fashion-forward superior color compositions.

First hundreds of drops of paint are floated on the surface of a tray of water. Next, a series of combs are pulled through the water, moving the floating paint into intricate patterns. Finally, a sheet of silk is gently laid on the water, instantly absorbing the unique design. Just like fingerprints, no two marbling prints can ever be the same.

I marble every single item myself, using only simple hand tools.

My work is sold by fine galleries and Museum Shops around the nation. I also exhibit and sell at a select group of fine craft events, such as the CDCG annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market in Raleigh, North Carolina.