From the ancient Ebrû technique


Ebrû, a Turkish word coming from the Persian ebri “cloudy”, is the term designating the particular technique used to decorate paper with colourful motives imitating the veins of stone or marble. This procedure, imported from Persia around the half of 1500, underwent an extraordinary development in Turkey and was even diffused in Europe during the XVII century. In the Ottoman world, this kind of paper was used to bind manuscripts, as a bordure for miniatures and as a ground for the calligraphy art. The origin of the name poetically alludes to the changeableness and transiency of the ebru. In fact, absorbing the colours suspended on a liquid, the paper fixes the colourful image like a cloud or a cloudy sky, different and unique at the same time. The hand of the artisan “writes” with a rapid movement on this liquid surface creating spots, veins or waves textures.

Alberto Valese doesn’t only perfectly masters the most traditional techniques, but he has also developed a personal research unusually applying this kind of decoration also to the tridimensional objects, obtaining many effects of a great refinement. The flowers series renews with a genre cultivated also in Turkey since the beginning of our century. From the multicoloured chaos step out stalks and corollas made of abstract elements and evoking, at the same time, the typology of the flowers: tulips, carnations, roses, and so on. What is absolutely original, on the contrary, is the fish series.
Captured in their liquid element, the fishes are petrified on the paper like fossils set in iridescent sediments or floating on primordial seas.