A full day workshop 10am-4.30pm, in which you will learn how to screen print with natural dyes, using a simple and ecologically conscious, paper-cut stencil technique. The day will explore natural mordants for setting colours, and plant starches for binders, along with a variety of natural dye pigments. You will experiment with different colours and techniques for using these materials for paper and cloth surfaces, and take away your own natural dye printed organic British silk cloth for making a scarf or other project, along with printed papers, which may be used for wrapping paper or art prints. You will be able to repeat this process again from what you learn in class.
What will I finish the course with?
The knowledge and skill to mix your own natural dye/plant starch printing inks for screen printing onto cloth and paper surfaces. Your own natural dye screen-printed paper art prints and length of organic British silk cloth.
What materials do I need to bring with me?
Sheets of paper and a 50x140cm length of organic British silk cloth will be provided and included in the cost of the workshop. You are also welcome to bring your own pre-scoured natural fibre cloth/garments or paper with you for experimentation on the day.
Workshop Leader Bio
Babs Behan is a botanical + mineral artist, known for her intricate graphite illustrations on paper and automatic mineral tempera paintings on linen canvas. Babs teaches the art of foraging for botanicals to make dyes for printing textiles, paper and clothing, using non-toxic contemporary traditional artisan craft techniques via her business, Botanical Inks. She also provides more holistic creative experiences, which combine consciously sourced materials and tools, with mindfulness, herbalism and self-love rituals.
“Through my art and workshops, I hope to inspire and spread awareness of the potential for transitioning to non-toxic, plant-based and more sustainable creative practices. I like to do this in a way which offers a holistic approach to creativity, which is healing and allows one to develop intuition and a sense of presence, clarity and connection”.
Check out Babs Behan’s work at http://babsbehan.com/ and Botanical Inks at http://www.botanicalinks.com/
Babs also co-produces the Bristol Cloth Project, a locally sourced and manufactured cloth for the South West. Find out more here: http://www.bristolcloth.co.uk/#concept and sells natural fibre clothing via Playsuit Parlour: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/theplaysuitparlour/