Eco Printing Using Plants, Afternoon Session, with Katama Murray
February 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hidden color exists all around us, waiting to be transformed into works of art. Have you ever wondered how to utilize local plant species and food compost in a sustainable, creative way? In this hands-on, three hour workshop, dive into the realm of eco printing with Katama Murray of Teach Peace Prints.
Eco printing is the process of bundling and steaming both plants and food waste onto either fabric or paper, allowing the natural pigments to transfer to the prepared substrate. All of the colors, shapes, and textures that bond with the fiber come from the materials themselves. Eco printing offers unique variations and a world of possibilities that allow for full exploration, while mindfully collaborating with the natural world!
Create beautiful, one of a kind pieces that can be admired forever, while taking time to slow down and appreciate the richness and diversity of color dwelling alongside us.
What you’ll learn:
- Suggestions for sustainable & mindful foraging techniques
- The preparatory process of scouring & mordanting
- Bundling and fabric preparation techniques that yield different printed results
- How to create and care for your eco printed fabrics
What you’ll create:
All materials will be provided. Each participant will print onto a set of prepared materials including:
- 1 cotton bandana
- 1 cotton tote bag
- 1 sample piece of cotton fabric
- 1 sample piece of linen fabric
What you’ll receive:
- A basic understanding of the eco printing process
- Digital PDF containing recipes, step by step instructions, information regarding the materials utilized
- A list of resources and links for purchasing materials, as well as suggestions for further reading, research, and inspiration
- A list of suggested plants to work with seasonally based on New England species
Teach Peace Prints is a small, woman-owned business led by Katama Murray, which focuses on printmaking and fiber techniques that utilize natural materials. As an eco artist, educator and naturalist, Katama is constantly inspired by patterns, shapes, and colors that dwell within these spaces and organisms. Since starting the Teach Peace Prints journey in 2020, Katama creates handmade products on paper and fabric using a variety of materials and processes, and continues to experiment with combining various techniques while mindfully collaborating with the natural world. Sewn, naturally dyed and printed by hand, TPP offers unique, one of a kind products for those who wish to bring elements of nature into their homes and daily lives. Featuring items such as everyday textiles, prints and creative supplies for fellow makers, each collection of work is seasonally inspired and is based on the importance of place.
Tuning into the rhythm of the seasons and the plants that exist within those moments in time help to foster a deeper connection to local environments with respect, admiration, and care. Sharing these process-driven techniques to individuals and communities through educational opportunities such as workshops and events is a way to further connect and inspire one another through making and learning.
Katama believes that the process of making and constant learning in tandem with nature can help to encourage further awareness and appreciation of our natural surroundings.
Cost: $75; $65 for Farnsworth members + $20 materials fee