Capture leaf and flower images directly on paper and fabric using a process called eco printing. In this class, we will experiment with eco printing on fabric and paper. First, we will gather wild and cultivated plants from around the farm to use for printing. Then, you will learn how to treat paper with a mordant that helps the plant pigments bind to the paper. You will arrange plants on your mordanted papers and steam them to capture nature’s beauty. In the afternoon, you will take your learning from paper to fabric. Students will be provided with four mordanted pieces of fabric, including one silk scarf. You will leave with lots of prints that can be used for cards, framed pictures, or collages, as well as fabric that can be embroidered or turned into wall hangings.
Materials Students Need to Bring to Class – scissors for cutting plants; optional bucket of plant material (leaves, flowers) for printing. (Teacher will e-mail students before class to recommend plants to bring. )
Workshop fee: $60 + Material fee: $25
Instructor: Mary Delaney
About Mary: I currently live on a lake in Norway, Maine, having retired from a busy professional career that did not allow as much time for creativity as I would have liked. Surrounded by quiet and natural beauty, I am blessed to have reached a stage in my life where I can focus my time and energy on my passion for fiber art. I love combining color, texture and patterns to create interesting new designs. Whether I am recycling old wool into new rugs, playing with dye and eco prints on new scarves and old linen, or adding texture to a piece with embroidered embellishments, I am delighted to combine color, texture and pattern to express my creativity and joy. Wool is my favorite medium, but thread, plants and dyes all fascinate me. More at www.marydelanofiberart.com/