We're sorry, but this activity is over. The last meeting was Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Hammering or pounding with a tool or a stone is a beautiful way to preserve flowers, often in great detail, as a print on fabric. We’ll cover fabric choice and materials preparation in a pre-recorded video shared via email at least two weeks before class. We will use a natural, soy-based mordant to enhance the preservation of our prints. Then, together we’ll explore printing and pattern-making, drawing inspiration from the plants we have in season locally as well as artists who work in this medium. This technique is forgiving and can be used as a way to camouflage stained clothing or give garments and accessories some zhuzh.
Please note that any tools we use in class will be OK to continue to use for food. We will only be working with natural, food grade materials.
Fabric: 90-100% natural fibers only. Woven cottons, silk or linens are excellent, as well as jersey cotton.
Soy beans (1/4 cup dried beans is plenty)
Blender (any kind will do)
Colander or strainer
Container such as a mixing bowl, large enough to soak fabric
A hard, flat surface for pounding (a stout table or counter works great, but you may want to cover with a book or a short stack of newspaper to protect your surface)
A selection of fresh-picked plants. Watch video for suggestions, and bring other choices you’d like to experiment with.
Something to plug your ears with! This may get loud.
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Third Party Application
Once you have registered for this class, a separate email will be sent to the email account we have for you in ActiveNet no later than 24 before the first class. This email will include technical support contacts, links to virtual classrooms and passwords if necessary, as well as information on the usage of the online classroom for your class.
7. Senior 60+