D02 Ecoprint on Wool and Silk with M. Theresa Brown
Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – 4-H Hall
Learn how to ecoprint on silk and wool! Ecoprinting (also known as botanical printing) involves collecting leaves, plants and flowers to imprint their images directly upon protein fibers using a water bath process. Learn the techniques to create beautiful, all-natural designs and colors drawn directly from nature on silk and wool. Students are encouraged to bring leaves from their area with emphasis on high tannin leaves such as oak, maple, rose, hickory, sumac and interesting weeds. At the end of the seminar, students will take home both a silk and wool ecoprinted scarf and the knowledge to continue!
Skill level: Suitable for all. Maximum number of students: 14. Students should bring: Leaves and plants from home.
Class Code: D02 Class Fee: $110. Materials Fee: $25.
M. Theresa Brown is a long-time professional portrait artist whose art career embraces many areas of the Arts. Her years of printmaking and color work led her to explore the fiber arts. Using many similar skills and accumulated knowledge, she evolved as a hand painter and ecoprinter on natural fibers. She uses natural dyes and low impact synthetic dyes and merges them into unique, beautiful designs on silk and wool, and even leather. She turns her transformed work into artisanal clothing, accessories, and art. Her articles and designs have appeared in international publications such as No Serial Number and Belle Armoire. She has been an instructor at many fiber art shows including Southeastern Animal Fiber Fest, Carolina Fiber Fest, Kentucky Sheep and Wool, and Michigan Fiber Fest. She and her artist husband, Stephen Filarsky, reside in rural North Carolina with their alpacas, chickens and family dogs.