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Botanical Printing: Creating a Scarf with Plants


Learning Lab 2

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Textile artist Kathleen Lang with be at Brookgreen Gardens to facilitate a workshop highlighting the magic of Eco printing. Eco printing is a sustainable natural dyeing technique for capturing botanical prints using no chemicals.  Students will collect, prior to the workshop, botanicals such as leaves and other natural dye materials from nature, flatten them and have them ready on the day of the workshop.  Students will learn how to arrange a "plant design” on their silk scarf, bundle and process it.  The natural dyes with the botanical design will discharge into the fabric capturing the plant's shape.  All steps from sourcing fabric and supplies to types of pots and plants will be covered.  A list of suggested plant material and other required supplies will be sent upon registration.   

Eco Printing Plant Material List June 2023(1) (1) (3).docx

About the Speaker:    

Kathleen Lang studied at Bucks County Community College with an emphasis on Printmaking as a mid-life change of careers. She then began teaching at various venues such as Grounds for Sculpture and the Arts Council of Princeton. Through this she discovered Sustainable Eco-Printing on textiles. Kathleen Lang, the Wearable Garden's founder pursued a fine arts degree in a mid-life change of careers. 

Environmental concerns have always been in the forefront of her work and lifestyle. Founding The Wearable Garden has helped her inform consumers of the damage that industrial textile dyes have on the environment. We can all help in this cause by purchasing from incredibly gifted artisans such as jewelry creators, potters, painters, sculptures, wood crafts and of course textiles from The Wearable Garden. 

Buying locally and sustainably helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by industrial manufacturing.