Explore eco printing with plant material directly on your fabric or paper.
Achieve incredibly vibrant and realistic leaf prints using contact printing, a natural dye method of transferring the pigments found in plant material directly to cloth or paper (also known as eco-printing or botanical printing). You will explore the basics of contact printing, including some rudimentary plant physiology and how to manipulate prints with mordants and dye blankets. You also will experiment with some simple shibori techniques and easy methods of embellishing the finished prints.
Skill Level: Beginner
Students should wear clothes that can get dirty
Bring a bag lunch and beverage daily. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.
Students will leave with several printed scarves (silk and wool), a variety of printed fabric samples, printed papers suitable for book arts or other paper arts, handouts for technique review, and a newfound appreciation for the color and beauty within the common leaf.
Students should bring:
N95 (or KN95) mask
While the instructor will provide a variety of plant materials for printing, you are encouraged to bring additional leaves from their local environment.
You also have the option of bringing personal fabrics and/or papers to experiment with (natural fibers only - silk, wool, cotton, linen, hemp, and/or blends)
Judilee Fitzhugh is a textile artisan who specializes in natural plant dyes and couture sewing. A tour of duty in Japan with the U.S.Navy led to a profound Japanese influence and a lifelong affection for vintage kimono and other historic textiles. Her finely crafted work combines natural objects with vintage textile remnants, hand dyed and printed fabrics, handweaving and surface design for couture-inspired garments, home textiles and art work. www.judileefitzhugh.com