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Nature Printing: An Introduction with Jacqui Symons

Sat 17 September 2022
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm

The Workshop

Spend a day learning how to produce beautiful and original prints directly from nature. This simple yet incredibly beautiful and effective technique uses plants, flowers and leaves to create your artwork, resulting in lifelike and incredibly detailed prints.

This practical workshop will introduce you to the technique by experimenting with a variety of different leaves and colour, discovering how different plants and textures print and looking at different compositions. You’ll use a small etching press to create your prints, alongside learning how to use a baren to print by hand. The class will cover how to select and prepare your leaves and plant material, how to apply ink and colour and the different options for transferring your leaf prints onto paper. We’ll use traditional linseed-oil based relief and intaglio inks for this workshop, but you’ll get the opportunity to try out some plant-based inks for yourself to see the difference between commercially-produced inks and handmade inks.

This course is suitable for complete beginners, artists interested in using nature printing within their work through to more experienced printmakers that would like to learn this technique.

Tickets include materials, lunch & refreshments.

The Workshop Leader

Created from a desire to be more environmentally-aware, buy and consume fewer products and generate less waste, printmaker Jacqui Symons began exploring natural colour and dyes in 2018. She researched and developed the use of plant-based pigments for oil-based printmaking inks and from there expanded into making her own watercolours, pastels, inks, screenprinting pastes and dry powdered pigments from plant sources.

In 2019, Jacqui trained under Jenny Dean to learn about the use of natural dyes with textiles and yarns, drawing on Jenny’s 40 years of experience in this field to develop further knowledge and understanding of this increasingly relevant and valuable industry.

Jacqui created Slow Lane Studio to provide resources, information, practical advice and workshops focusing on natural dyeing, plant-based pigments and plant-based artist colours. Alongside working on creative projects and commissions, she is developing a pigment garden and a plant pigment library as a reference and resource for other artists.



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