Bio - Sandra Johnson is a Mixed Media artist, Visual Arts teacher, Bookbinder living and working in Brisbane and Logan. Her work has been seen in several exhibitions over the last few years at the Logan Art gallery. These exhibitions have included books, mixed media arts, Altered books and Eco dying
Workshop description - Wonder what happens when plants and water are heated in conjunction with paper or cloth.
Eco printing or eco dyeing is a contemporary application of the traditions of natural dyeing. In eco printing or dyeing, plants are enclosed in textiles or paper, bundled by winding over rods or stacked in layers and then steamed or immersed in hot water to extract the pigments and produce a print made with plant dyes. Direct and close contact between the plant and the substrate is essential. Leaves, stems, flowers, buds, seeds and roots may be used. At different seasons of the year, different pigments may concentrate in various plant parts so great colour variability is possible – and desirable! Eco dyeing and printing does not focus on strict replication of results. Many plants that are not considered traditional dye plants will yield colourful prints, and sometimes, traditional dye plants produce different colours when processed as eco prints. Garden plants, kitchen plants and, where allowed, locally foraged plants may be used, fresh and/or dried. Prints with colours and forms both clearly defined and attractively diffused are produced by this process.
I will be demonstrating prints on paper only, you will have the opportunity to produce many of your own examples. You will go away with instructions and ideas to produce your own samples at home. You can use simple tools you have at home, working with foraged plants. Most materials will be provided, in particular dye baths.
Level - Beginner
Cost - $55.33 ($ 52 per person including materials + $3.33 credit card fee)
Students to bring - You may need to collect some gum leaves for this workshop, a plastic shopping bag full would help our reserves. You will also need some brown onion skins to help the pot.
Minimum number of participants - 5
Maximum number of participants - 10