Plant Print

 

From Waste to Wonders

 

The plant print workshop is an attempt to show how easily accessible natural color is in our everyday life. Most produce and botanical waste is capable of leaving a colorful mark on natural fibers. What we usually categorize as waste can therefore be used to create small wonders of naturally dyed textiles. A great way to give new life to your wardrobe or embark on a foraging adventure in your kitchen or local park.

During our workshop you get to make a 90cm X 90cm natural silk scarf using the plant print technique. We will show you how to create various patterns as well as how to how to brighten or dull the colors of your print. The workshop also includes a general introduction to natural dye and a manual, so no experience needed and we promise it is easy to repeat at home.  

 

 

 Salvaged plant waste.

Salvaged plant waste.

 Plant matter + silk scarf.

Plant matter + silk scarf.

 Bundled.

Bundled.

 Unpacked.

Unpacked.

 

What Is Plant Print?

Plant Print is also known as bundle dyeing or eco printing. It is a form or natural dyeing where whole dyestuff (leafs, peels, petals etc.) are used to give color to natural fibers. To collect material for the process it is ideal to save certain kitchen scraps and look for fallen leafs rather than purchasing fresh flowers and vegetables. Once you have a sufficient amount of salvaged plant material it is arranged on a piece of textile and rolled into a bundle. in order to release color from the plant material the cloth is steamed. After the littles bundles have cooled, it can feel a little like christmas, as the colors and patterns always yield surprises and excitement!  

 
 

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