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Categories : Botanical Prints, Eco printing, Mexico
At the end of January I again had the opportunity to combine a winter vacation with eco printing in Mexico. I stayed at my Minnesota friends’ house in Puerto Morelos (a small beachfront town just south of Cancun) in exchange for sharing some new techniques I’ve learned in the past year with their Mexican artisan friend, Angelica. We built on what we learned last year about some of the local plants that print well, and added some natural dyes to the mix. We tried using the local tropical almond tree leaves for a dyebath, which gave a beautiful gold color. Here are a few images from the mini-workshop. I especially love the unknown vine that was easy to find and printed up nicely, with and without iron.
* View my available scarves in the Eco Print section of my ETSY SHOP. *
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Tags: eco dyes, Eco printing, leaves, Mexico, Natural dyes, Puerto Morelos, silk scarves
Categories : Eco printing
In January 2016 I was invited by some Minnesota friends to teach a mini-workshop on eco printing in Puerto Morelos, Mexico to a Mexican artisan friend of theirs in exchange for staying at their winter home there. I had been dreaming of a winter vacation where I could experiment with tropical leaves while spending time by the ocean, so the timing was perfect! We had a great time and I think my new Mexican friend is hooked too.
Angelica knew many local plants and trees, and I shared the info I knew so far about eco printing. After some experimenting, we found some local leaves that printed well. We also used rusty iron water and alum as mordants, made a dye bath of onion skins, tried bundling with and without a plastic barrier, etc. Here are some images from the week, including the enormous tamale steamer we used over a 4 burner propane stove to steam the bundles.
If you ever get to Puerto Morelos, about an hour south of Cancun, look up Angelica at her stall in the Artisan Market, or the evening markets in the square to check out her “paintings with leaves”.
** View available scarves in the Eco Print section of my ETSY SHOP.**