Prints from Leaves Eco-Dying Workshop this Saturday

One Session: Saturday, August 18, 10am –2 p.m.
Menlo Park

Price: $85

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Explore the potential of leaves and other plant material to make artistic earth-toned impressions on paper! Come away with a stack of eco-prints for use in your artwork.

Instructor will provide all materials, equipment and plants to be used.  Students are welcome to provide additional plant material.

Eco-prints are prints of leaves and plants made by steaming the plants between sheets of pre-treated paper. The treatment of the paper with a mordant draws out the natural dyes in the plants and leaves behind an imprint of the plant. Results can be stunning and surprising or unexpected.

Using steaming and submersion techniques, students will learn the process of eco-printing with the natural dyes found in leaves.  Take home a stack of 20 prints and a

Students should bring paper and pencil to take notes, a snack, and any additional fresh or pressed plants you would like to use in the eco-printing process.  We will be working outside–consider bringing a hat and sunscreen.

Now Featured at Kaleid Gallery!



Earth, Wind and Fire

Now until July 28

KALEID Gallery
88 S 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95113 map




Featured artists Jamila Rufaro and Dotti Cichon use elements of nature in their work. Their collaborative piece, Kimono Angel features two thirty-foot rolls of eco-dyed paper held by a weather-rusted angel.  Fire is the main protaganist in eco-prints by Dotti depicting Burning Man and Jamila’s eco-dyed pieces use old books to portray imaginary marine life.  Paintings portray storms and views of Earth from space showing the effects of global warming.  There is an interactive sculpture with video depicting the origins of the Cosmos, a copper-leafed textile work that changes with different light and patinas over time, and silks that are not only wall-hangings, but can be worn as scarves.

Each piece is affordably priced.  Eco-dyed portions of Kimono Angel may be purchased by the foot at only $10 per foot.

KALEID (Greek for beauty and form) was borne out of San Jose’s Phantom Galleries (art in vacant storefronts & alternative spaces project) in December 2006. Over 90 fine artists and designers from the San Jose area make use of a 6,000 square foot retail space with individual exhibits that include painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry and textile art. The artists range from young and emerging, to seasoned and well-accomplished. All art work is for sale and may be taken with you at the time of purchase.