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Eco Printing Online, April 2022

April 23, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm



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A 2-Day Online Workshop!

Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, 10am-2pm

About this Workshop:

Eco Printing, or Botanical Printing, is the process of using plants to dye and print on natural fibers. During this workshop, participants will explore the chemical reaction between water, plant materials, mordants, and heat to create beautiful and experimental prints on fabric or paper. We will discuss different plants, dyeing methods and mordants, and how these factors affect the finished work of art. Students will experiment with different species of plants gathered in their respective locations—from yards, parks or gardens. All other materials can easily be found at home or at the grocery store.

Level: All levels welcome – no experience necessary

Registration closes April 15, 2022 to allow time for the instructor to package and mail the materials kit (pre-measured amounts of Alum powder and ferric sulfate), and for students to purchase the additional materials. With your registration you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page “how-to” on downloading and using the Zoom video app.

Sample process images by Nicole Parker


Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.


Registration includes a $5 materials fee to cover the safe handling, and packaging of a small kit of pre-measured Alum powder and ferric sulfate, which will be shipped to students ahead of class. Students will need to gather/purchase additional materials of their own, including:

  • Cotton fabric* or heavy watercolor paper 
  • Assorted fresh leaves, stems, petals and other vegetation (collect these the day of or the day before printing
  • Water
  • White vinegar, 64 oz. 
  • Rubber bands, clothespins or string
  • Medium-large bucket or plastic container
  • Aluminum foil, one roll
  • Old pot with lid (one that you don’t plan on using for food) or disposable foil roaster pan
  • wooden stick or spoon for stirring the pot 
  • Oven, stove or hot plate
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Old towels or rags

If you plan on printing on fabric you’ll need: 

  • a large dowel or stick .5-1” in diameter at least and 6”- 1 foot long  

If you plan on printing on paper, you’ll need:

  •  2 flat heavy objects such ceramic tiles, plywood, or mdf all work, that will need to fit into your chosen pot or pan. Note: they will be getting wet and/or stained. 


Nicole Parker is a fine artist specializing in representational oil painting and intaglio printmaking. She received her BFA and Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the fine arts in 2018. She is greatly enriched and inspired by sensory sources like music, film, storytelling and food. She joined Pyramid as a keyholder resident and was thrilled to stay on as an associate! Her work can be viewed at nicole-parker-art.com.

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