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Art in the Park: Ecoprinting and Surface Design
June 12 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm$40
Eco-Printing and Surface Design – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Presented by: Pat Kresty
INTRODUCTION: This workshop will explore the process of eco-printing on fabric. We will also dabble in techniques to add color to your piece. At the end of the day you will have a beautiful scarf and/or silk project, that’s suitable as a table runner, framed picture, or wrapped oncanvas.
The goal is to extract colors from leaves and other natural materials through contact printing. The printing process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the plant material to fiber. We willbe using a natural protein fiber, silk. This is not an in depth or technical class, it is a fun day to get away and learn to make something beautiful and functional. Participants may also experiment with some samples time permitting. All skill levels are welcome.
We will discuss plant choices, mordant versus modifier and what bundling methods produce clear and colorful prints. We will also examine how color modifiers affect the dyes. The colors and patterns produced when eco printing can be unpredictable, it’s a little chemistry, botany and luck all rolled together. The same plant material e.g. maple leaves, will produce different results depending on the season, soil conditions, how much precipitation has fallen and where the leaf is in its life cycle. Results can vary depending upon whether the material is a protein or cellulose fabric, or if a pre or post mordant or modifier has been used.
AGENDA: 10:00-11:00 Introduction and Material gathering.
11:00-1:00 Creating – laying out leaves, bundling, binding and placing in steamer.
1:00-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-3:00 Reveal and Wrap Up