In this hands-on workshop using local botanicals, students will learn to transfer leaf and seed prints onto cotton and silk with a technique called Eco Printing, originally developed by Australian artist India Flint.
We will also be experimenting with two Shibori techniques—Itajime and Kanoko—using natural seasonal mushroom or plant dyes on silk.
Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, “to wring, squeeze, press.” Some of the shibori techniques used today date back to 8th century Japan.
All plants and dyes will be provided, and every student will be supplied with two silk scarves. We encourage up-cycling: you are welcome to bring around 10 ounces of white 100% silk or cotton clothing from thrift stores or the back of your closet to use as well. No large pieces of fabric please. Results are best if the fabric or garment you bring is scoured or washed with no fabric softer and then mordanted in alum sulfate or soy (i.e. mordant fabric in closed container with unflavored soy milk for 3 days, then rinse but do not wash).
Leaves provided for eco-printing will be eucalyptus, maple and oak. Students are invited to bring other leaves—good results can be achieved with leaves from: begonia, smoke bush, rose, sumac, hickory, pecan, ferns and redwood.
We will have a potluck lunch, giving everyone time to socialize with the instructor and fellow students.
What to bring:
- Something to share for the potluck lunch
- Personal beverages and snacks
- Layered clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty
- Notebook and camera if desired
- Optional: up to 10 ounces of white 100% silk or cotton clothing or fabric (preferably washed/scoured and then mordanted with alum or soy)
Monique Risch-Meade is a wine label graphic designer and creative director who on the weekends can be found mushroom hunting, mountain biking and camping around Oregon and California in a teardrop trailer, hiking and looking for leaves and seeds to translate into botanical prints on a variety of materials. Latest inspirations are the works of India Flint. She also teaches classes on how to save the season by making your own jams, pickled vegetables, fresh fromage blanc and chevre goat cheese at a friend’s farm in Sonoma.
West County Fiber Arts is the studio of felt artist Heidi Harris, on a beautiful 1-acre property in rural Sonoma County, California. Classes will take place both indoors and in the garden.
If you are coming from out of town, overnight accommodations are plentiful in the vicinity — from nearby cottages and hotels to camping at the Russian River. See our Food & Lodging page for suggestions.