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Intro to Eco Printing with Suzanne Connors

Monday, May 15, 2023
9:00 am4:00 pm
Aya Fiber Studio
170 NE Dixie Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994

Eco Printing is a process of using plants to dye and print on fiber using direct contact printing methods

During our workshop’s; participants will explore the alchemy of water, plant materials, heat, and metal and finish the class with beautiful prints on protein fibers.

In these workshop's we will be creating samples and experimenting with different protein fibers ( silk, wool). I will show you processes that have worked well for me and the equipment and bundling techniques that are used.

Although students are asked to bring a variety of leaves to class, we will also forage to identify and collect plants for printing. Emphasis will be placed on safety, best practice procedures, environmental factors and plant characteristics.

The final project will be printing on a 14” x 72” silk scarf.

This is a relaxed, fun-filled class so come prepared for the wonderful smells that can only come from eucalyptus, and other natural leaves and be open to the magic

The Intro 1-Day workshop will cover:

The materials and equipment needed for eco-printing
Fabric selections & prep (please pre scour fabrics prior to class)
Choosing the right plants for dyeing and understanding the role tannin plays
Understanding the print process on protein fibers ( we will be using protein fibers only in this workshop, for use of cellulose fibers- please check out the 3 day class)
Preparing the leaves for contact printing
Different techniques for laying out your leaves
Methods of rolling, tying and cooking bundles