Eco Print & the Beauty of Organic
I was introduced to eco printing this summer on a whim. The class was offered at the Plains Art Museum with printmaker Amanda Heidt. It immediately lit a spark.
Eco prints are created on paper or fabric using plant material, mordants/binders, and dyes. Professional printing paper is layered with plant material and a few different mordants. Mordants hold the dye to the paper. The layers are rolled into a bundle and dyed for 45 minutes to an hour, dried, and unfurled to reveal the shapes and colors of the plant materials. It is nothing short of serendipitous and beautifully organic in process. And each print has two beautiful sides!
I did not want to choose which side to display, so I worked with Matthew to create a double glass float frame. We hope to offer these in more wood varieties, but for now, maple is what we have the capacity to make. The glass is acrylic, and a strip of fabric is glued to hold the glass edges together on one side.
Natural art, elevated.