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Apr 02, 2018
I taught a two-day workshop at the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM on March 24 – 25, 2018. My max is usually a low number since I like a having a lot of one-on-one time with the students. I had four students for the two-day workshop. Everyone was ready to get started right at 10 am Saturday morning so I started off by doing a demo on eco-printing. If you're an artist and enjoy working with natural material in your art making you might enjoy eco-printing since it involves working with plants. The process is taking plants and transferring whatever colors are in them and getting them to imprint onto silk. It's kind of like an image transfer in a way. The thing that I really like about the process is that each bundle is going to have its own unique markings. The plan for the day was to have the students make three steamed bundles which they would use in their art making the next day. Since the steaming of the bundles takes an hour we had no time to waste so after the short demo I had them start on making bundles. Eco-printing is taking plants like flowers, leaves and wrapping them in an absorbent material so the whatever’s in them are steamed out and transferred into the silk. It’s a great way to make art material that you can work with since each one is going to have its own pattern. The timing of doing three steams was perfect since we got done right before 3 pm.
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I use horse hair, wolf hair, buffalo hair, wood, copper, metal, silk and other materials. Some of them are bought from art supply stores and others are bought or found material that goes into my work.
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