Botanical Impressions Eco-Printing on Silk & Paper
ONE DAY WORKSHOP
Saturday 24 July – Complete
Saturday 21 August – Complete
Saturday 23 October – FULL
Email me to be added to a wait list for either workshop.
9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 4pm
(ALL materials included)
The workshop fee is a combination of:
New Students – $160 pp ; or
Returning Students – $140 pp
plus MATERIALS FEE
All students – $65 pp
*Pensioners and Carers book as a Returning Student
The Studio, North Maleny
Minimum 4 people
Maximum 6 people
Discover the simple and beautiful art of eco-printing.
In this workshop you will create your own eco-magic, eco-printing 2 silk scarves to take home and enjoy forever; or, keep one and give one as a gift. We will also eco-print botanical impressions onto paper.
We’ll take a no-fuss approach, so you’ll be able to continue eco-printing you own silk and paper from home. You can then continue your own exploration of this beautiful and natural process on other fabrics and papers.
This workshop is suitable anyone looking for an introduction to eco-printing, all ages over 16.
Scroll down to see some photos of student’s work.
And scroll down, or click here, to read what past students have said about this workshop.
If you want to see where you can take eco-printing, have a look at some of my eco-printed silk scarves in my shop.
Eco-printing refers to the act of using plant materials to apply color and designs to textiles and paper. You will leave this workshop with 2 hand-rolled habotai silk scarves that you have eco-printed yourself. You will be given handouts and plenty of information so you can continue to make your own eco-printed scarves at home. We will look at, and discuss, how to use this process on other fabrics and papers, and you will be given reference material for your own ongoing exploration.
During our workshop we’ll discuss and work through:
- preparation of the silk and paper for eco-printing
- plant material selection and preparation
- how to continue eco-printing at home, without the need for fancy equipment
Please note: if you are wanting to create a predictable outcome with control over the botanical elements we use, then this workshop is not for you. There are so many variable factors that work to produce the final eco-printed result. If you love the process, you can influence and guide the results toward a desired outcome with more exploration of the process. You will leave with handout information, including a list of resources to buy (and from where), lists of printed and ebooks to reference, and other artists to explore – all this to further develop your knowledge of eco-printing.
All necessary materials for this workshop are covered in your Materials Fee.
– 2x habotai silk scarves (approx 30/40cm x 160cm )
– botanical materials for our eco-printing
– equipment for boiling
– tea and plunger coffee, with a light morning and afternoon tea
Everything you need for this workshop is included and provided.
Something to take your wet items home – a plastic bag for your silk scarves, and another flat plastic bag or towel for your paper samples to take home.
Lunch. You can pop into town to buy lunch, but it is a few minutes drive and parking can be difficult (Maleny is a popular weekend destination). Therefore I recommend you bring your lunch and maximise the time you have printing and learning in the studio.
Bring a journal or notebook for taking notes during the workshop.
Participants are advised to wear closed in shoes, and suitable clothing or apron that you do not mind getting dirty.
We will be working with natural, non-toxic materials on the day. Gloves will be provided to be used when we unwrap our eco-printed scarves at the end of the workshop.
To book your place in this workshop, please complete the booking form to the right.
Full payment is required to secure your booking. Payment can be made via PayPal or direct deposit.
If you cancel your workshop booking you may incur fees. Please read my cancellation policy here.
If a workshop does not reach the minimum numbers required, it may have to be cancelled. If this happens you will receive a full refund or an option to reschedule.
Once your booking form and payment has been received I will contact you to confirm you place and advise any special instructions.
What is eco-printing?
At its core, eco-printing is the act of directly applying botanical elements (leaves, bark, flowers) to textiles and paper to alter and/or apply colour and ‘print’ impressions of the botanical material on to the textile or paper surface. Eco-dyeing can be a component of eco-printing, but it is not the same. The ‘eco’ reference in both applications is the fact that natural materials are used to achieve the results. By natural I mean leaves, bark, flowers, roots and stems.
Who am I to teach eco-printing?
I am a printmaker – I love to print on and with anything! And I am curious. I adore silk, love paper, and I love working with nature – so for me, eco-printing onto silk and paper is a match made in heaven. I have ‘cooked’ countless silk scarves, and my growing collection of eco-printed papers is beckoning me to create artist books to share the botanical alchemy results.
I am not a botanist – but I love nature, trees, plants, especially natives, and am teaching myself about the language, varieties, species and details of the plants I love to work with.
I am not a textile artist – but I love love love silk, and I love textiles. I collect textiles. And I find being able to eco-print onto silk exciting and exhilarating. I read and research and ‘do’ to learn as much as I can about this process.
I am not a scientist – but I love process, and I respect science. With research, reading and doing, I learn; and I love to share what I learn.
I am a teacher – I am a student – I am an artist – I love to teach, but I also love to learn. I don’t believe that we should ever stop learning. And this process presents so many experimental possibilities. It is a relatively new process, and there are people the world over discovering new approaches to this fascinating process. I have eco-printed dozens and dozens of silk scarves and countless strips and squares and pieces of paper. In this workshop I share with you my process, and my tips and learned information so you leave armed with enough information (and more) to keep printing and exploring the craft of eco-printing from home.
Below are examples of some of my eco-prints on paper:
You can also sign up to my mailing list to be kept up to date about upcoming workshops dates and opportunities, plus tips, hints and ideas for your own printmaking practice. I will also include information about other local artist workshops in the Maleny Sunshine Coast Hinterland area.
Read what past students have said about this workshop
I loved making the scarfs, it was the highlight for me. I still enjoyed making the paper printing, which was fabulous too. I would definitely consider doing this again, to try making the scarfs a bit different.
It's was so much fun and fantastic day. So much informations I need and I will be definitely back for more new experience workshops. Thanks Kim.
Kim is a wonderful tutor full of information on techniques, history, supply sources outlets, alternatives and much more. Kim is warm and engaging in her teaching methods that make you feel very welcomed in her environment which add to the overall learning experience. I found the process for Eco printing was a rather cathartic experience as we scrolled through the table of leaves and dried bark which were our dyes. Then placing these collections at will over our silk and papers, then binding them up tightly for boiling which releases the colours from the plant materials onto our mediums. The anticipation of the unknown print result and colours was exciting to see. Overall it was a wonderful day with a bunch of really lovely people to meet and I had fun learning another new artistic processes.
Extremely well presented, very knowledgeable, lots of information with lots of fun. very hands on which is super great. Lovely group of people all have a very good time and learning a new creative art. Every thing was explained extremely well and was all easy to understand.
A very well presented workshop, all materials provided. The day just flowed as we worked on our respective silk and paper prints. I was delighted with my first attempts at Eco-printing. Thank you Kim for a most enjoyable experience.Private Group Eco-prinitng
The course was well presented easy to understand and exciting,Kim is so informative everything we wanted to know was answered and also in handouts for continued reference.I would highly recommend this workshop I got so much out of it and it was conducted in beautiful surrounds. I will definitely be back.
Kim is very good at explaining throughout the day and I am so happy to come out the results I made it. The papers I'm more interested in. Cuz I love PAPERS. I would recommend you all go to her workshops. Thanks Kim you made my day. Look forward to more workshops with u Kim. Thanks.
Information packed, friendly and relaxed atmosphere made this the most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday.
6 out of 5 stars for the Botanical Impressions Eco-Printing Workshop Kim's passion and knowledge and love of art is contagious. I would do this course every weekend if I could afford it but luckily for me Kim has armed me with the instruction and knowledge to be able to do this at home. >From the minute you walk into her studio you are overwhelmed by a sense of calm. I LOVED THIS CLASS
Give yourself a chance to immerse in a different world to be creative. Learn new skills and a process that will open up new directions in your artistic life (even if you have never had an artistic life before this workshop).
I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. I walked away from the day wanting more and wanting to continue to experiment. The resources provided were excellent, and Kim is an excellent teacher. The results were different for everyone, I think that is why it was so exciting. Fabulous process, I would highly recommend this workshop.
I organised a group of friends and we had a great day we all took home some very beautiful silk scarves and paper. Kim was excellent with information and made us feel very welcome.
The workshop was great. The studio was first class (dream studio). I thought the number of participants was just right for a hands on workshop. Everything was set up and ready and the day flowed smoothly. Great instruction and sharing, no pressure and to top off a lovely location.
Throughly enjoyed the Botanical Impressions Eco-printing workshop. Kim is so generous with resources, ideas, and examples of what can be produced with the techniques. Am going to enjoying working through the information and experimenting more. I will definitely be attending more of Kim’s workshops.
Kim's EcoPrinting on Silk and Paper workshop was very informative, I learn a lot from this GREAT ART TEACHER! Excellent skills and ideas were presented in a very pertinent and clear manner, informative tips were given with great explanations. This was the BEST Art Workshop I've EVER Experienced (and I'm a workshop frequenter). Thank you so much Kim for the fabulous workshop!!!
I totally enjoyed Kim's Botanical Impressions Eco-Printing workshop, and getting into the practicalities of what is a mysterious and serendipitous art. Kim managed to cover this in her straight forward and easy going manner. I am quite proud of my 'beginner' eco-printed scarves and the gorgeous botanical shapes and colours on paper.
I thoroughly enjoyed attending this workshop. Relaxed but very informative and I ended up with scarves and paper that I'm quite proud of! I think Kim is very clever and her passion for the subject shines through - she really loves what she does. I will definitely be attending more of her classes.
I have been to a few of Kim's workshops so far and I think this particular workshop has been the most satisfying. Just love the scarves and paper we produced. Love the environment, Kim's easy reassuring manner, all the resources available and the other participants. Oh and Maggie - of course!
I loved the workshop in its entirety. It was a wonderful, fun, interactive day with just the right number of students in Kim’s studio. Everything that we needed for our artistic processes was provided. She was available to each and every one of us for advice and assistance. Her enthusiasm with her art is contagious. Kim is a great communicator passing on her craft with explanation and demonstration. She is a natural teacher and generous with her knowledge. Our day flowed beautifully because of Kim’s planning for a highly successful workshop.. I look forward to my next one!
Thanks to Kim for making Botanicals on silk and paper workshop an enjoyable experience. Kim takes a practical approach to this medium and makes the process easy to replicate at home. I loved the pieces of art I created. Thanks Kim