A Virtual Workshop!
Eco Printing, or Botanical Printing, is the process of using plants to dye and print on natural fibers. During this workshop, participants will explore the chemical reaction between water, plant materials, mordants, and heat to create beautiful and experimental prints on fabric or paper. We will discuss different plants, dyeing methods and mordants, and how these factors affect the finished work of art. Students will experiment with different species of plants gathered in their respective locations-from yards, parks or gardens-and all other materials can be found at home or at the grocery store.
Note: Registration closes August 5, 2020 to allow time for the instructor to package and mail the materials kit (pre-measured amounts of Alum powder and ferric sulfate), and for students to gather/purchase the additional materials. With your registration you'll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.
PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.
Eco Dyeing and Printing; Aug 15-16; 10am-2pm
- Date & Time: 2-day workshop, Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16, 10am-2pm via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
- Instructor: Niki Parker
- Materials: Registration includes a $5 materials fee to cover the safe handling, and packaging of a small kit of pre-measured Alum powder and ferric sulfate, which will be shipped to students ahead of class. Students will need to gather/purchase additional materials of their own, including:
- Cotton fabric or heavy watercolor paper
- Assorted fresh leaves, stems, petals and other vegetation (collect these the day of or the day before printing)
- White vinegar, 64 oz.
- Rubber bands, clothespins or string
- Medium-large bucket or plastic container
- Aluminum foil, one roll
- Old pot with lid (one that you don’t plan on using for food) or disposable foil roaster pan
- wooden stick or spoon for stirring the pot
- Oven, stove or hot plate
- Rubber or latex gloves
- Old towels or rags