Learn the art of botanical printing! Students will create a scarf or runner using an immersion technique, while learning about the fabrics and leaves suitable to make an impression. An introduction to natural dyes will be included.
Botanical Printing is a natural dye process in which images are extracted from plants and transferred to fabric through a steaming or immersion process. During this process, the chemicals held tightly within the cells of the plant are released to form an imprint on the fabric.
Martha Simpson is retired, having taught for many years in public schools (k-8). More recently she has taught adult classes in wet and needle felting, which led her to botanical printing. She began selling her work 6 years ago and was at that time invited to teach at the Deerfield Museum. Martha has taught numerous classes with museum, church and community groups. She has received numerous awards for her work and has shown her work in many galleries in Connecticut, including Art Center East. Martha graduated from Tufts University and later received a Master’s degree in Ed from UConn.