Eco-Printing with Plants

with Joanna Manning
Wednesday, June 16; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Add all-natural embellishments to fabric by printing with plant materials! In this virtual workshop, learn about natural dyes and the different colors they produce under varying amounts of significant pressure (for instance, using a hammer to apply pressure). Instruction will cover the elements of design (line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space) and principles (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity/variety).

We’ll discuss how these design elements and principles appear in nature and how artists use them effectively in eco-prints. Then, with design elements and principles in mind, create two-dimensional works of art with plants and fabric. Participants are encouraged to source plant materials from around their home or local farmer’s market.

Joanna Manning (she/her) had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for an Artist’s Books and Publications course and support her professor during her undergraduate degree. Courses that she has completed related to bookmaking include printmaking, photography, and digital media. In addition to her classroom experiences, she is also a Clay Camp Assistant at Northern Clay Center. She supports art educators, helps maintain the classroom, and works with students. During COVID, her team has adapted new strategies to create a welcoming and safe art experience. To learn more click here.

All skill levels welcome!
Certificate: 2 hours, Category D

$45/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$25 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop, we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list). 

Please note: Registration closes 6/13 at midnight (CT).