Textile Printing with Plants

Dates: May 21 - May 25, 2018 (mon - fri)

Location: Elphin by Ullapool

Course Places : Spaces available         

Price : £380  

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plantpics01This five-day course is designed to introduce you to a significant number of simple, deliberately low-tech, methods of transferring the intricate details of plants onto cotton and mixed-fibre fabrics.

We will start the week 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 dry overnight, before revealing the exciting results later in the week.

After that, we will experiment with the techniques of tie-dyeing and shibori, in order to create a wonderful array of fabrics which will form the base cloths onto which we will apply plant prints.

Next comes 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.  

Day three is dedicated to block-printing, taking inspiration from the skilled depiction of flora in the print works of Angie Lewin.
On day four, we will do some simple screen-printing,  introducing stencil shapes and layering of colour, as seen in the work of Carry Akroyd.
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 five 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.



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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.


Email : jan@wildtiles.co.uk    Tel : 01854 666279,   Postal Address : Jan Kilpatrick, Cul Mor, Elphin, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV274HH.  
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