Introduction to Eco Printing with Bridget Benton, Wednesday May 12th and Thursday May 13th, 10 - 4 ET. $245 includes a variety of papers, test silks, tools, and materials – as well as a detailed handout and two silk scarves you will decorate and wear! (Currently limited to 6 students) An entry-level course designed for those who want to begin 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 focusing on steam methods using simple mordants like vinegar and rust. Perfect for beginners and those with some nature printing experience! On the first day, students will start the day by testing various plant materials on paper and silk using steam eco printing methods. On the second day, we will explore immersion methods, again working on paper and silk. We will cover material preparation, bundling, and mordanting for both methods, as well as how to care for the final prints. As a culminating project, students will print their own silk scarves using the different methods. While all materials will be provided, students are encouraged to bring a variety of leaves and/or flowers to experiment with. Bridget Benton has a decade of experience using various methods to make art with botanicals. She served as the educational coordinator for the Nature Printing Society (a national organization dedicated to creating art from nature) from 2016-2018, and is our lead teacher in Nature Printing and Encaustic. We care about your safety! See website for our safety procedures.