Eco printing combines the historical methods used in natural dyeing with contact printing techniques. The colours and prints on these fabrics come from the natural dyes found in plants and flowers. No synthetic dyes, inks or paints are used.
This is a beginners class, no skills required. Sheila from Fallen Leaf Designs will be teaching this class. Students will be introduced to the basic process, plant materials, fabrics and methods used to enhance a silk scarf which they can then wear themselves or gift to friend, a very unique one of a kind piece of eco friendly art. Time will be given to each student to complete this during the class. All supplies and tools are provided. Handouts and notes will be available at the end of the session. As the scarves “cook” an overview of procedures and other possible textiles and foliage will be discussed along with samples to illustrate the process. A short demonstration will be given using a rusty tin can to show a different process so that students can go home and create their own works of art.
- Class takes place from 10 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, May 12
- Class fees includes materials
- Optional materials list for students: pencil, paper, camera
- Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet or a little dirty
- Pack a lunch and or snack (water and tea will be provided).
Classes are held at the SweetGeorgia Yarns Studio at 110-408 East Kent Avenue South near Main Street and Marine Drive in Vancouver. Access to transit is very limited. Plenty of free parking is available.
Sheila Andrews, an artist who cannot remember a time when creativity was not a part of her life. She has many interests that include wool and fibre. Her love affair with flowers and trees began many years ago with her family in England, her parents were keen gardeners where she grew up on a farm. Having lived in Canada for 37 years she has explored many creative avenues including sewing, weaving, quilting, felting, dyeing and knitting while raising a family. Her latest adventure has been the wonderful world of Contact Botanical Printing. Her inspiration came from hearing the world renowned India Flint at the Maiwa School of Textiles.
Eco printing, being the other short name for this process, is Sheila’s passion. Leaves gathered from surrounding nature and friend’s gardens are used to create wonderful plant portraits on wool, silk and sometimes cotton for both wearable and free form art. The latter includes printing on pillow covers, rugs, table runners, napkins and wall hangings. She has recently included paper and knitting yarn in this printing process.
Over the years she has taken instruction in printing and dyeing from Nicola Brown (Ireland) and Irit Dulman (Israel). This ever evolving process requires countless hours spent perfecting techniques for printing with natural materials and dyes found in local plants and flowers. No synthetic inks, dyes or paints have been used. Up to six or more steps are involved in completing this final work of art. No two are ever the same. Her love of nature makes her conscious of keeping the process as gentle on the environment as she can. You can find Sheila on Instagram as @woolbrain.