Monthly Archives: January 2013

Winterlude leaf colours

To wrap up this “Winterlude” project for January, here are a few more images of the recent eco printed papers together with some of the plants, pre- print, to compare the colours. (BTW, these prints are on Saint Armand “Canal” … Continue reading

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Winterlude Eco Dye Prints on Silk

To continue the previous dye report: My “Winterlude” project combines dyeing with printing so as to extract plant pigments by immersing tied or clamped bundles/stacks of leaves with papers (cotton/cellulose fibres) and leaves with textiles (silk/protein fibres) in simmering/180 degree … Continue reading

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Winterlude Eco Dye Prints on Paper

Outside, the snow is falling for the first weekend of Ottawa's Winterlude Festival. After some tropical days in the last weeks at plus nine, the Rideau Canal (World Heritage site) has finally opened for skating. From my window, I saw … Continue reading

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Winter Prints for Artist Book Pages

I am enjoying creating more artist books. I joined the Canadian Bookbinders’ and Book Artists’ Guild last August 2013 and am building up the technical side of bookmaking there, plus, as is my obsession, I am building a library about … Continue reading

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Printing With Oshiwa Handcarved Blocks

Rachel Biel over at http://www.rayela.com promotes and sells wood printing blocks handcarved by artisans from Namibia. My friend Paula Benjaminson used to hold “block parties” here in Ottawa (before she went off to Gabon in the U.S. diplomatic service) and … Continue reading

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Teaching the basics of eco printing

After a whole eighteen months of experimenting with natural dyes on textiles and paper, I am daring to share some of what I know in classes as well as on this 'ere blog. In the fall, I did a quiet … Continue reading

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Eco Prints To Start The Year

Happy New Year in art to us all! This is what my dye garden in USD Zone 4 Ottawa looks like today: I am thinking of the dye plants that lie under the snow and the colours they were just … Continue reading

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