I recently was able to attend an outstanding workshop in Eco Printing offered by textile artist, Amelia Poole of Brooksville, ME. (www.ecouturetextilestudio.com)
Eco printing is a natural printing process, which has gained much attention in recent years through the work and books of Australian textile artist, India Flint. Through eco printing, the naturally occurring pigments found in plant and leaf materials are transferred to fabric through a layering, bundling and steaming process. The resulting prints vary from detailed images of veins and leaf outlines to more ethereal markings of dots or color washes.
We worked with a variety of natural fabrics; linen, silks, cotton and blends, all pre-mordanted by Amelia, achieving a wide range of results. While some of the fabric revealed images that were crisp and distinct, other areas of the same piece were quite mottled and muddy.
I decided to try overprinting some of the muddy areas using similar leaves and textile inks—an experiment in “natural pigment printing meets human-made pigment printing,” a process I’ll continue to explore.