Saturday September 3rd, 2016
Materials Fee : $25.00 to be paid to instructor.
Max 10 Students
Instructor contact info: 503-319-7105 – Email Debbie
Think of the ghostly imprints left on a sidewalk by fallen leaves. Or the lovely colors of flower petals imbedded in a piece of paper.
Eco-printing – also referred to as contact dyeing – is a technique that employs the gifts of nature: Leaves, barks, lichens, flowers, minerals, and other materials. Selected materials are rolled, bundled or wrapped into fabrics, then tied securely in the fashion of Japanese shibori. The items are steamed or immersed in water, then cooled and unwrapped. The resulting impressions on the fabrics can be glorious and breathtaking!
No synthetics or chemicals are used, and water waste is minimal, which renders this process environmentally conscious and socially responsible.
In this class, Debbie Ellis will guide you in creating your own exquisite and very unique impressions on silk, wool, cotton and paper. You will use a variety of plant materials, including, but not limited to, ferns, walnut, eucalyptus, and flower petals. The magical influence of minerals, such as iron oxide and metal (think RR spikes, iron bars!) will also be employed for those who wish to use them.
You will print and take home a ready-to-wear silk scarf, as well as paper and additional wool, silk and cotton fabrics, which you can use in other creative projects, such as quilting, appliqué, weaving, book arts, etc.
Debbie Ellis first became enamored of this technique several years ago, when Judilee Fitzhugh gave a presentation and mini-workshop at her handweavers guild one evening. Then, as fortune would have it, she was able to attend a workshop given by renown eco-print artist India Flint. Debbie has since studied further with Judilee, and is in constant awe of the myriad discoveries she makes with each piece as it comes out of the steamer. She sells her eco-print scarves at local and regional art and fiber shows under the name Artisan Fibers.