May 31 2024


9:30 am - 3:30 pm



531MTB-F: Botanical Printing on Fabric with M.Teresa Brown

Level: All

Ecoprinting is a natural, sustainable art form.

Student Provided Supplies: see below

Cancellation Policy (read here)

Learn how to imprint natural botanical designs from Nature and enhance the prints with a background in rich color on silk and wool! Ecoprinting (also known as botanical printing) involves collecting leaves, plants and flowers to imprint their images directly upon protein fibers using the process you learn in this one day workshop.  At the end of the workshop, students will take home both a silk and wool scarf sample ecoprinted in color and the knowledge to continue Ecoprinting from Nature’s resources. There will be a one-hour break in the middle while the fabric processes. Previous experience in ecoprinting is helpful but the class is beginner friendly! A silk and wool scarf plus all dyeing supplies provided.

Students should bring:
  • Leaves from their area with emphasis on high tannin leaves such as oak, maples, rose, hickory, blackberry, sumac and interesting weeds. Fun additional plants (usually store bought) are eucalyptus and colorful “flat” flowers such as daises. No thick plants.
  • I gallon water jug to use as a weight. (Can be filled at class)


M Theresa Brown is a professional artist whose long art career embraces many areas of the Arts. She studied Commercial Art and Printmaking at East Carolina University. Subsequent years in printmaking and graphic design work led her to explore the fiber arts. Using many similar skills and accumulated knowledge, she evolved as a hand painter, felter and ecoprinter on natural fibers. She uses natural dyes and low impact synthetic dyes and merges them into unique, beautiful designs on silk, wool, paper and leather. She turns her transformed work into artisanal clothing, accessories, and art. Her articles and designs in the fiber arts have appeared in international publications such as “No Serial Number” and “Belle Armoire”.

She has contributed articles and blogs for online publications and created many “How to” Dvd’s and ebooks in the visual arts in conjunction with the national art chain, Jerrysartarama. Her ebooks “Art Marketing Success Secrets” and “Single Mom’s Guide to Making Money as an artist” were published as audio books and she is often a guest speaker on art marketing for art organizations. She has a line of instructional PDF’s on ecoprinting techniques and is the first instructor to teach Ecoprinting on Leather in the US. She has been an instructor at many fiber art shows including Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Southeastern Animal Fiber Fest, Carolina Fiber Fest, Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, Michigan Fiber Fest, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, John C Campbell folk school, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance and many upcoming new venues.  She and her artist husband, Stephen Filarsky reside in rural NC with their alpacas, chickens and family dogs!

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