September 9, 2017 | 1-4:30pm | $65 + 15 supply fee
Location: New Hue Dye Studio at Cottonwood Center for the Arts
“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”---Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ecoprinting is a process by which leaves and other botanicals are tightly bound within a natural fiber textile and heated over simmering water. The combination of tight contact with the cloth, heat and steam releases the pigments in the plants onto the cloth. This process can also be done with paper. In this class we will learn different methods of bundling fabric with locally foraged plants and how to process the bundles by steaming or submerging the bundles within a plant based dye bath. Instructor will provide premordanted “fat eighth” size fabrics for use by students to create samples for future reference. We will discuss equipment, supplies, safety precautions and space requirements needed for undertaking 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 nature in a new way.