"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.
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
Many of the required supplies may be pre-ordered from Blue Twig Studio. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact:
Blue Twig Studio
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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