Botanical Impressions Eco-Printing on Silk & Paper

ONE DAY WORKSHOP

DATES
Sunday 2 August 2020 – FULL
Sat 24 October 2020 – FULL
Sat 14 November – FULL
– Email me to join cancellation list
– More information about dates below

TIME
9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 3.30/4pm

TUITION FEE
New Students: $140 pp
Returning Students: $120 pp
Materials fee: $55 pp (all students)
Pensioners and Carers please contact me directly for pricing and bookings.

VENUE
Maleny

GROUP SIZE
Maximum 5 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, 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.

Learning Outcome

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 predictable outcome with control over the botanical and other 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 than we are able to cover hands-on in this workshop. You will leave with a list of printed and ebooks to reference, and other artists to explore, to further develop your knowledge of eco-printing.

Inclusions

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

Not Included

Everything you need for this workshop is included and provided.

What to Bring

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.

Safety

​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.

Booking/Payment

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:

About Dates and other options

If the dates noted above don’t suit you, or you would like private tuition or to arrange a private group workshop, please contact me to enquire about other date options that better suit you.

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 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.

    Kris, Mapleton
    Kris, Mapleton Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • 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.

    Judy, Sunshine Coast
    Judy, Sunshine Coast Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • 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.

    Angelique, Sunshine Coast
    Angelique, Sunshine Coast Botanical Impressions Eco-printing
  • 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.

    Jenny, Maroochydore
    Jenny, Maroochydore Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • 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!!!

    Bonnie, Sunshine Coast
    Bonnie, Sunshine Coast Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • 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.

    Jennifer, Mapleton
    Jennifer, Mapleton Eco-printing on Silk and 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.

    Megan, Mapleton
    Megan, Mapleton Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • 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!

    Meryl, Mapleton
    Meryl, Mapleton Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • 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!

    Mary Ann, Perigian
    Mary Ann, Perigian Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
  • 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

    Sue, Woombye
    Sue, Woombye Eco-printing on Silk and Paper
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