Eco printing is an all-natural art form that uses the natural pigments in leaves to make beautiful, one of a kind designs on fabric or paper. Each piece is completely unique and uses no synthetic dyes, inks or pigments. I sometimes augment pieces with other natural dyes that I make from flowers, bark, lichen, nuts, and other natural materials. All of the natural materials I use are gathered responsibly and sustainably.
Each individual leaf is used only once and the resulting print shows the specific character of the plant - it tells the story of season, weather, and age. They are reminiscent of botanical drawings and invite us to slow down and take a closer look at the textures, patterns and beauty of nature.
Are you interested in learning to eco-print? Classes are available!
Prepared leaves are laid out on the fabric. I love finding the right arrangement and playing with placing some leaves face down and others face up.
Another name for eco printing is contact printing because the leaves must be in close contact with the fabric to leave a print. This is accomplished by rolling the fabric tightly around a branch or pipe and binding the bundle with string.
This process requires much patience. After heating the bundles for hours and then waiting for them to cool, they can finally be unrolled. It's always a surprise to see just how the prints turn out. To me, each feels like a gift from Nature.