Colorado Springs, CO 2018 Art and Soul Workshops

Workshop Details

Peggy Dlugos
9:00 - 4:30
Friday June 1

C203 - Eco printing on Fabric

$ 155  


"Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Eco-printing is a process by which leaves and other botanicals are tightly bound within a natural fiber textile or paper and heated over simmering water. The combination of tight contact with the substrate, heat and steam releases the pigments in the plant onto the cloth/paper. In this class participants will learn different methods of bundling fabric with locally foraged plants and how to process the bundles by steaming or submerging within a plant based dye bath. Instructor will provide a selection of premordanted fabrics for use by students to create samples for future reference. We will end the day with printing a silk scarf. We will also discuss equipment, supplies, safety precautions and space requirements in order to undertake printing at home or in a studio environment. We will also cover safely sourcing local plants, how to mordant fabric and how to keep the process as eco-friendly as possible. This will be a very experimental class that will hopefully set you on a path of exploring and experiencing your own natural environment in a new way.

Materials Fee $ 15.00  paid to instructor at beginning of class Includes  silk fabrics, cotton fabric, silk scarf

Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
Apron or clothes appropriate for dyeing, closed toe shoes, spray bottle for water, spool of kitchen string, scissors, gloves to use in a heated dye bath, paper and pencil for note taking, 3 gallon size zip loc bags, 3- 9" dowels for rolling bundles such as a1 1/2-2" craft store or home improvement store wooden dowel or piece of iron or copper piping, pvc pipe, smooth section of branch from a bush or tree or a metal soup can. Any of the above will work. You may want to bring a selection of any of the above, for example, 1 wood dowel, 1 metal pipe and 1 branch. Just make sure they are as close to 9" in length as possible. Bring whatever you have access to and will be easiest if you are travelling.

Optional items:
Any pressed leaves or flowers you might want to try, however instructor will be providing botanicals.

THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD AT TWIL - Textiles West Innovation Lab