Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
(336) 846-3827


Florence Thomas Art School

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Sep 24 2018 - Sep 26 2018


09:00 AM - 04:00 PM



Botanical Contact Printing with Lotta Helleberg

All Levels
Class Limit: 12 Students

* This workshop is full, please call the school to add your name to the waitlist: 336.846.3827

Make magical imprints with the help of plants, moisture, heat, and pressure!

This workshop provides basic knowledge of botanical contact printing (also called eco-printing) on different types of natural textiles and paper. We will explore fabric preparation and the use of mordents and other modifiers. We will work with plants that grow around the Florence Art School and in our own neighborhoods. We will create a small hand stitched textile collage, using our printed samples, and each participant will print a silk/wool infinity scarf.

We will also discuss related topics, such as safety considerations, appropriate ways to collect plants, color fastness, how to set up a dye studio, and final uses for the prints. Samples of botanical contact printing will be presented along with technical information and resource lists.

Workshop Teacher

  • Lotta Helleberg

    Lotta Helleberg is a Swedish-born artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more than a decade, she has experimented with textile printmaking, and most recently focused on eco-printing, relief processes, and local plant-based dyes to render works that both document and celebrate her immediate surroundings. Her unconventional wall and book works have been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions across the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Oregon, New York, and Canada.


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