Textile Printing from Plants (September)
Dates: 30 Sept - 1 Oct 2017 (sat - sun)
Location: Elphin by Ullapool
Course Places : Spaces available
Price : £160
This two-day course is designed to introduce you to simple, deliberately low-tech, methods of transferring the intricate details of plants onto cotton and mixed-fibre fabrics.
We will start the weekend by roaming around my one-acre garden, gathering up some plants to put through the mysterious process of eco-printing - a method of direct-transfer of the shapes and markings of plants to the cloth. This involves cooking up a witch's brew of plants and cloth which we leave to simmer all day, and leave to steep overnight, before revealing the exciting results the next day.
The rest of the weekend will largely be devoted to the highly satisfying process of mono-printing plants onto cloth using fabric dyes and paints. For this we will use an adapted clothes mangle, which provides the pressure necessary to make strong and lasting imprints onto the cloth. The variations are endless and each print is unique. And for those of you who like wearable art, there will be the opportunity to print your own plant life tee-shirt.
At some point, whenever the sun pops out, we will suspend this work to do some cyanotype printing, which uses the sun to print the outlines of plants on to cloth. And so, at the end of the two days, you will have built up a significant bank of unique pieces of cloth all covered in flora, and suitable for a whole range of future textile projects.
All materials and equipment is provided. The cost of the course also includes refreshments and a cooked vegetarian lunch each day.
If you want to print onto a tee-shirt, please bring a self-cloured tee-shirt of your own.
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Much of the attraction of this area of the country is the wildness it has retained as a result of the limited impact of human habitation. Of course, this means that there are fewer choices of accommodation for the intrepid visitor, but there are still a wide number of options, many of which can be found on the Accommodation links page.
To read about an innovative community partnership approach to preserving and improving this landscape for the benefit of all, have a look at Coigach and Assynt Living Landscapes. To find out about the fascinating geology of this area go to North West Highland Geopark.