From Plants to Print on Silk M/T

All Levels With Suzanne Connors

Contact printing (aka eco-printing) is a process of using plants to dye and print on fiber through contact printing methods. Printing onto fabric with only materials from nature such as leaves, twigs, etc. is a magical experience. In this class students will learn the basics of medium printing on silk including the importance of proper preparation and types of processing techniques. During this workshop students will explore the alchemy of water, plant materials, heat and metal and will finish the class with beautiful prints on silk scarves. Students will be introduced to the use of mordants and tannins and will also take the next step in eco-printing through the addition of color by using acid dye blankets.

Suzanne Connors is the owner of the Aya Fiber Studio and she is also a professional textile artist. Suzanne embraces the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. She works primarily as a Shibori artist using natural Indigo dyes and the manual resist technique. Suzanne  has always loved art and textiles. Suzanne has maintained an active fiber art studio since 2008. Her academic background in architecture and design lays the groundwork for her practice using traditional shibori techniques. Creating a body of detail design, establishing order, combining simple techniques, textures and using design repetition are foundations of her work. Suzanne enjoys sharing her passion for texture, color, and pattern through her artwork and workshops.

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 From Plants to Print on Silk M/T - All Levels

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Workshop Description

 In this class students will learn the basics of medium printing on silk including the importance of proper preparation and types of processing techniques. 


Materials provided  Acid dyes, vinegar, gallnut tannis, iron, quart sized containers with lids for dyes, 1 gallon buckets for iron and tannis, 5 gallon buckets, cling wrap, Ace bandages and string, large pots for steaming, tongs and heat glove.

Cost of materials provided



What students are required to
bring to workshop                          

  • five to six wooden dowels that are 1" in diameter and 14-18" long
  • a ball of twine or heavy cotton string strong enough to wrap bundles without breaking
  • two to three hand towels or old studio towels
  • old cotton sheeting 1-2 flat sheets (can be from the thrift store) or heavy duty cotton flannel (3 yards)
  • 10-12 14" silk or wool scarves or silk yardage no wider than your dowels
  • 1-3 yards of silk yardage for doing larger pieces. You must have enough blanket material (old sheets) to cover piece
  • one to two packages of cheesecloth or other piece of open weave textured fabric
  • large trash bag
  • notebook and pencil
  • digital camera or phone camera to record your layout and compare results