June 11 OR June 12, 2022 10am-5pm
Botanical artist, Lisa Dawn White, will walk students through how to prepare natural fibers to receive the botanical dyes found in an assortment of local plants through a contact printing process called ecoprinting. In this introductory class, Lisa will share the techniques she uses to:
- Prepare (i.e., mordant) the fibers to receive the dyes and ensure permanency
- Select and prepare the best plants to create prints
- Place the plants according to their moon and sun sides
- Properly roll up a fiber bundle
- Set up and tend to a steam pot.
At the end of this full day class (same class offered each day), students will get to participate in each other’s “big reveals”, where we can all learn from the different techniques employed by each student in their ecoprints. Students will create two freshly ecoprinted silk scarves to take home.
About the Instructor:
To create her botanical arts, Lisa Dawn White peruses nature’s classrooms of forest, fields and gardens with a playful sense of “what will I find today?” Through Lisa’s work, you may catch a glimpse into the unseen world of nature – the realm of the nature spirits who beckon us to become keepers of the earth and encourage us to observe her language as evidenced in its sacred repeating patterns. Lisa holds degrees in Anthropology and Horticulture and has a certification in Homeopathy, thus her interest in how humans use plants for food, fiber, medicine, art, decoration, healing and beauty is longstanding. Her line of botanical arts includes mixed media collage, pressed flower jewelry, ecoprinted textiles and digitally rendered wearable art. Along with having designed for catalogs and published articles in magazines, Lisa has had her work carried in over 100 shops and galleries throughout North America. She now also offers her botanical arts line via her Etsy shop, LinenandLotus.
*Students are encouraged to bring their own plant materials to experiment with, but not required; there will be ample plant material provided and if location permits we can also try some local foraging. Students may also want to bring an apron, notebook, plant clippers/shears
Techniques Taught :
Iron blanket, tannin dip
Tannin blanket, iron dip
Sun side/moon side
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