Eco Dyeing & Botanical Printing
Art, like science, reveals the invisible!
Eco dyeing and botanical printing is a form of art, utilizing natural products from the garden.
There are many ways to create ART and since I have always loved flowers, eco dying and botanical printing seemed a natural progression for me.
The exciting aspect of this process is we never know just what effect or colour we will achieve when we dye. All petals, whole flowers and leaves respond differently to the imaging. It is so much fun collecting the flowers and plants and boiling up a pot of dye and drawing out the pigments of the plants to create whatever effects that occur, or just applying them direct to the fabric.
These processes are the basis of my NovaSiliqua Silks, eco dyed watercolour gift cards, and various printables also available at my Online Shop.
The Eco Dyeing & Botanical Printing Process:
- Scatter or lay onto fabric such as a silk scarf, cotton or wool.
- The scarf, fabric or paper, is then rolled up on a stick or rod of copper, or placed flat in between 2 tiles and then tied up and boiled or steamed for 2 hours.
The mordant used is generally vinegar, so there are no issues in disposing of the waste water.
This is a chemical free process and even though some plants contain certain strong alkaloids, the steaming is generally done outside to avoid in-hailing any problem compounds.
This process can be done on cellulose (cotton, linen) and protein (silk, wool) fibres, papers, and not necessarily to dye yardage or yarns evenly.