EVERY 3RD FRIDAY | 6:30 PM | ADULTS AGES 21+
ART After Dark
Grab your friends and join us for Art After Dark – a monthly program in our brand new Smithsonian exhibit, Habitat. Adult guests are invited to explore the arts and humanities, plus learn and create in a fun, laid-back atmosphere! Guests will be provided with locally sourced food. Feel free to bring your own drinks for a relaxing evening.
August 20 – Eco Printing Basics:
Join us for a short program where we will unbundle the mystery and magic of eco-printing. Each participant will create their own unique print on silk fabric with leaves and flowers.
Eco- printing/dyeing is the transfer of pigments and tannins from leaves and plant material to fabric. The plant material is laid out on fabric, bundled and steamed. The heat causes the release of tannins and pigments, the bundling keeps the pigments in place. The result is an image of the plant material.
Eco-printing differs from ‘natural dyeing’…while both use natural plant materials, natural dyeing more commonly results in a fabric being dyed one color. With eco-printing, each leaf print provides the color for your piece.
This program will be a basic class. No experience is necessary.
$35/$30 Members/Limited Seating/Ages 21+
More Notes for Eco Printing:
WHAT TO BRING:
Please feel free to bring leaves or flowers from your neighborhood. I have included a list of some plants you may want to try at the bottom of this page.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Please dress appropriately for the weather. We will be collecting leaves and plant material outdoors. Wear old clothes and/or bring a cloth apron.
All of the items listed below will be available for your use.
- Each participant will create an ecoprint on silk fabric
- I will provide leaves and flowers in addition to what we can collect in the garden.
- Rubber/latex gloves
- Wooden dowels
- Plastic Containers
- Paper Towels
Plants – these are just a few
Marigolds blossoms Sumac leaves
Maple leaves Perennial Geranium
Smoke Bush leaves Peony leaves
Hickory leaves Oak leaves
Chestnut leaves Blackberry leaves
Black Walnut leaves Coreopsis flowers
Rose leaves Catalpa leaves