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Botanical Contact Printing

April 27 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This weekend workshop will cover all the essential steps and recipes needed to create a permanent botanical contact print on fabric.

Stemming from centuries-old natural dyeing techniques, botanical contact printing (also known as eco-printing) is a process of activating tannins and pigments found in plants and transferring them, by way of steam, to another natural substrate (fabric, paper, clay or wood.)

Beginning this weekend journey into nature and art-making will be a morning foraging expedition on the stunning campus of The Marlboro Studio School, focusing on native, ruderal, and invasive plants proven effective with this process. With our collected materials we will move onto a concise step by step presentations and demonstrations to producing your own one-of-a-kind botanical print. Day Two we will proceed with additional techniques and experimentation with this fascinating collaboration of art, botany, and alchemy. You will learn some of most effective native plant species of the season, the use of both cellulose and protein fabrics, pre-scouring, mordants and modifiers, bundling techniques, pre-dyeing, and carrier blankets. A list of references and resources, along with a take home kit will also be available.

Weekend Intensive with Hilary Baker
April 27 & 28, 2024: 10-4pm each day


Marlboro Studio School
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Creative Zone
Southern Vermont Zone (Bennington and Windham Counties)


Marlboro Studio School
Potash Hill - South Road
Marlboro, 05344
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