2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Paper Making with Tony Carlone

When: Sunday, August 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: New York Folklore conference space, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

In this workshop, participants will explore the basics of papermaking and work with a variety of collected, harvested, and sourced natural fibers to create pulp for Western papermaking. Participants will also learn how to form sheets of paper and explore the possibilities of embedding materials such as dried flowers and plants, thread, and seeds. Suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced.

The workshop will be held at the New York Folklore conference space at 129 Jay Street. The fee is $20.00 for NYF members and $25.00 for non-members.

Please contact New York Folklore at 518-346-7008 or via our contact page for registration and additional information.


2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Arabic Calligraphy with Nada Odeh

When: Saturday, September 7th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: New York Folklore, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY

Arabic calligraphy is considered one of the most important elements in the history of the Middle East and Arabic speaking countries. Since the early 900’s AD, Arabic calligraphy has been used to decorate and design buildings and interiors and costumes in Arabic culture. This workshop will include a presentation about Arabic calligraphy and its styles, in addition to a demonstration of how Arabic calligraphy is written and what materials are used.  Participants will be able to practice writing Arabic calligraphy.

This workshop is a companion to our current exhibit (through mid-September) of traditional Turkish paper marbling by ebru artist and Buffalo, New York resident Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu.

The workshop will be held at New York Folklore, 2nd floor, at 129 Jay Street, and is $10.00 for NYF members, $15.00 for non-members. To register, please contact New York Folklore, 518-346-7008, via email,, or our contact page.


2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

NYF 75th Anniversary Celebration

When: Saturday, November 16th

Where: Bethany Arts Community, Ossining, NY

Stay tuned for more information as the date gets closer!




2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Ebru: The Art of Turkish Paper Marbling with Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu

When: March 30th, 2019 through August 31, 2019.

Where: NYF Shop & Gallery, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady

New York Folklore’s inaugural Folk Art Gallery exhibition will showcase the work of Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu. Ebru (Turkish paper marbling) is a traditional art where paint is floated in a tray of water and different tools and techniques are used to make unique designs on the surface, before being transferred to paper. Ebru is believed to have been invented in thirteenth century Turkistan. This decorative art then spread to China, India and Persia and Anatolia. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate books, imperial decrees, official correspondence and documents. New forms and techniques were perfected in the process and Turkey remained the center of marbling for many centuries.

The Exhibition and programming are supported with public funds from the Schenectady County Initiative Program and the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Support for the New York Folk Art Gallery provided by the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation.


2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Water/Ways Exhibits