Introduction to Botanical Print Magic
POSTPONED : DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
$155, Members $125
In this workshop, students will learn the basics of the eco-print process on carefully washed and mordanted silk (a protein fiber), including the use of barriers, lay-out, and “bundling” tightly. The role of the “iron blanket” (or carrier cloth) and the selection of the appropriate leaves will be addressed during class. Leave the class with two beautiful charmeuse silk scarves, and their accompanying transfer blankets (perfect for embroidery, quilting, sewing). $40 material fee paid to instructor.
Supply List: apron, tight-fitting gloves, notebook pen, scissors, local leaves for printing and sharing
Botanical Printing is a technique that requires the artist to learn to find and select leaves that have a certain amount of tannin, acid, and pigment that, under intense heat, forces the print onto scoured and naturally mordanted protein and cellulose fabrics.
The result is opening a magic “cocoon” called a bundle, revealing the marvels of nature. Perfect for creatives who wish to add new skills & designs to their textile projects!
Students will learn
- To select the correct leaves that give promising results, understand the basics of the eco-print process on carefully washed and mordanted silk (a protein fiber), including the use of barriers, lay-out, and “bundling” tightly
- The role of the “iron blanket” (or carrier cloth)
- Leave the class with two beautiful charmeuse silk scarves, and their accompanying transfer blankets (perfect for embroidery, quilting, sewing)
Materials List: an apron, tight fitting gloves, a notebook & writing utensil, scissors, local leaves for printing and sharing
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Linda Illumanardi was born and raised in the mountains of Vermont, toddling behind her grandmother reciting the names of local weeds, flowers, and trees. Now in California, she does the same thing with her 3 grandsons, basket in hand, gathering gently leaves from trees that become the content and design of her books. Linda began eco-printing on paper, to accompany her handmade book designs (artist book limited edition Otis College, Los Angeles, CA 2001, published in Lark 500 Handmade Books, second edition, 8 collagraph plates).
With a Master’s degree in painting, and multitudes of printing classes and residencies, Linda loves to make impressions in each environment that she visits. She states, “Whether in the forest or at the ocean, or in the high desert, there are always multitudes of textures, colors, and natural objects waiting to be immortalized.”
Wanting to expand her explorations, Linda naturally shifted to making botanical prints on silk and wool, cotton fibers, leather and ceramics, working as a mad scientist in her quiet studio in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest. Linda is clearly an artist in each world she inhabits.