Botanical Eco Print Workshop with Caroline Nixon

Duration: 3 days

Price: £240

Run by: Peter and Kimberley Keegan
at The Courtyard Art Studio

01296 733200

The Courtyard, Claydon Estate
Middle Claydon
MK18 2EX

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About the Course

A 3 day immersive workshop in eco-printing and botanical contact printing. Taking cuttings from the gardens of Claydon, this introductory workshop will show you a contemporary adaptation of the ancient method of colouring cloth with plant pigments.

This workshop is designed to teach you all the techniques you need to produce clear and vivid prints from botanical materials. It is suitable for absolute beginners, but will also be entirely relevant to improvers, especially those who are hoping to achieve clearer prints, richer colours, and greater technical knowledge. Some of the natural materials shall be gathered from the beautiful gardens of Claydon or you are welcome to bring some of your own.

The following areas will be covered:

· Sourcing fabric, including recycling and upcycling

· Preparing fabric to print – protein and cellulose fabrics

· Mordants and modifiers, iron blankets

· Essential equipment for ecoprinting at home

· Sourcing plant material

· Design and placement

· Preparing dye pots from plant material

· Dyebath and steaming techniques

· Laundering and aftercare of ecoprinted fabric

· Safety and environmental issues

Day 1
You will make samples, using a variety of different fabrics and techniques. All of the fabric you need will be provided, and some of it will be mordanted ready for you. You will work with silk, wool and linen. (If you are a felter you are welcome to make a small sample using your own felt) You will learn about mordants, and mordant some fabric or garments ready for day 2

Day 2
You will spend the day putting your new skills to use, printing scarves and garments, or paper. You will also discuss how to source suitable fabrics, including charity shop finds to up-cycle.

Day 3
We will increase our repertoire of mordants and techniques, and tackle more complex garments - larger pieces or pieces with sleeves that require more complex folding techniques.

By the end of the course you will have the knowledge and skills to continue eco-printing at home as well as leaving with at least 4 beautiful wearable items, or printed yardage to sew at home, printed paper to frame or incorporate into projects.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

A detailed material list of basic studio essentials shall be provided nearer to the start of the course. There will be a £12 material fee per student for a fabric sample pack and £10 per student for other materials (mordants and sundries).

Tea, Coffee, biscuits and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided although The Phoenix Tea Rooms, just next door, provide an array of meals, light lunches and snacks. Alternatively, there is a fridge and microwave in the studio kitchen for you to use if you prefer to bring your own lunch.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 7th July 2018

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