Textile Printing with Plants
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About the Course
This five-day course is designed to introduce you to a significant number of simple, deliberately low-tech, methods of transferring the intricate details of plants onto cotton and mixed-fibre fabrics.
We will start the week by roaming around my one-acre garden, gathering up some plants to put through the mysterious process of eco-printing - a method of direct-transfer of the shapes and markings of plants to the cloth. This involves cooking up a witch's brew of plants and cloth which we leave to simmer all day, and leave to dry overnight, before revealing the exciting results later in the week.
After that, we will experiment with the techniques of tie-dyeing and shibori, in order to create a wonderful array of fabrics which will form the base cloths onto which we will apply plant prints.
Next comes the highly satisfying process of mono-printing plants onto cloth using fabric dyes and paints. For this we will use an adapted clothes mangle, which provides the pressure necessary to make strong and lasting imprints onto the cloth. The variations are endless and each print is unique.
Day three is dedicated to block-printing, taking inspiration from the skilled depiction of flora in the print works of Angie Lewin.
On day four, we will do some simple screen-printing, introducing stencil shapes and layering of colour, as seen in the work of Carry Akroyd.
At some point, whenever the sun pops out, we will suspend this work to do some cyanotype printing, which uses the sun to print the outlines of plants on to cloth.
And so, at the end of the five days, you will have built up a significant bank of unique pieces of cloth all covered in flora, and suitable for a whole range of future textile 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?
All materials and equipment is provided. The cost of the course also includes refreshments and a cooked vegetarian lunch each day.
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Course Start DatesMonday 21st May 2018
- Suitable for beginners
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