Eco Printing

Eco Printing

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 indigo, black walnut, lichen, and other foraged materials. All of the natural materials I use are gathered responsibly and sustainably.

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I mostly use leaves from plants that grow near my Portland, Oregon home, many right from the native plants growing in my yard.

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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.

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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.

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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.