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Exploration of Eco-printing using different mordants

  • 21 Jul 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 408 Depot Street, Asheville NC 28801
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Eco-printing is a contact printing technique. Leaves are placed over mordanted fiber and rolled tight in a bundle. Next boiling or steaming the bundle transfers the tannins from within the leaves to the fiber. This is a one day class experimenting with iron, copper sulfate and titanium oxalate on protein fiber. Fabric provided will be soured and mordanted with Potassium aluminum sulfate prior to class. Two eco-printed bundles will be printed by each student. The first will be a test example of botanicals dipped in iron , copper, and titanium oxalate. The second print is guided by using the first bundles results on a 14”x72” silk crepe scarf.

Level: Beginners 

Instructor: Denise Arcuri (Read Denise's bio)

Non-member: $120

Member: $100

Materials fee: $35 (to be collected day of class)

Materials provided by instructor: Mordants, two mordanted silk scarfs, written instruction

Materials to bring to class: Gloves (thin medical exam gloves) Apron, Plastic spray bottle with 50% vinegar and 50% water, 2 wooden dowels 1 1/4 to 1 1/2“ diameter by 15” length. (Lowe’s/ home depo will cut to size), Micron pen can be bought Walmart, Joanns, Staples ( needs to be water resistant) 3 old small kitchen towel sized rags Empty plastic gallon jug from water or vinegar (we will fill them with water to aid in making tight fabric bundles ) Some Leaves will be provided ,however bring some of your own to experiment and share.

LEAVES THAT PRINT WELL: Maple ,oak ,any hard wood tree leaves Fruit tree leaves Rose Marigold petals Smoke bush Coreopsis

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