$225 includes papers, test silk, wool, cotton, tools, and materials – as well as four silk scarves you can decorate and wear!
This two-day course is designed for those who want to dive deeper into exploring the wonders of eco printing--the all-natural process of transferring plant and leaf images onto fabric and paper using the natural “dyes” in the botanicals themselves! We will be covering both steam and immersion methods using simple mordants like vinegar and rust as well as exploring additives like black walnut hull.
Students will start the first day by testing various plant materials on paper, wool, cotton, and silk using steam eco printing methods. We will cover material preparation, bundling, and mordanting. On the second day, we will explore immersion methods. Students will be encouraged to keep notes re: methods and results. Students will have the opportunity to run a single item through several printing processes to develop depth and intricacy. As a final project, students will print their own silk scarves. While all materials will be provided, students are encouraged to bring a variety of leaves and/or flowers to experiment with.
Bridget Benton has years of experience making art with Nature's beautiful plants. She served as an educational coordinator for the Nature Printing Society, an international organization dedicated to creating art from nature, from 2016-2018, and is our lead teacher in Nature Printing and Encaustic.