Eco-printing with Amelia Poole
We are surrounded by nature and wrapped in textiles.
Why not combine the two?
Eco-printed cloth is created by layering prepared cloth or paper with local plants and flowers. The cloth and leaves are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the cloth. No external dyes, inks or paints are used. All color and pattern come from the plants themselves!
This process releases extraordinary secrets from local plants we see every day and often take for granted. Eco-printing allows us to look beyond the usual green of leaves and to see their shape and architecture, and explore their chemistry.
Eco-printing techniques focus on bioregionalism and the use of sustainable, organic and non-toxic materials.
Day one of this technique-based workshop will focus on creating 1/4-yd samples of 6 different fabrics (silk, wool, cotton, linen and blends) and a variety of art papers. On day two, students assess their samples from the day before, decide which fabrics they like the best and may purchase any further materials they wish from Amelia (at a discount on a class day).
· Two full-day sessions.
· Copious sample materials included. Additional materials available for purchase from the instructor.
· Satisfying and delicious lunches are included with registration.
· Optional onsite lodging, including breakfast. Reasonable, comfortable and relaxing.