Dec 7-8, 2019
Class Price: $340
A 2 Day Botanical Printing on Paper and manipulation of finished prints Workshop
Botanical printing is a new way to enhance and create the surfaces of paper and fabric to make other artful pieces.
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of botanical printing and some ideas to further experiment with this technique. We will have paper and fabrics to use. You will also have the opportunity to try your hand at manipulating your prints to create books, cards, 3 dimensional pieces and ideas for wear.
A. Introduction of participants and learn how much they know.
B. Introduction of self and what we are going to study and do…examples to show and describe.
C. Definitions of materials used…mordants, modifiers, blankets, tannins…etc. Kinds of papers and barriers used. Kinds of tools use for printing this way, special botanicals etc.. sources.
D. How to make and use all chems and how they are to be used in my class.
E. Show layout and design advice, use of blankets, rolling, pressing, steaming and baths.
F. Cook for the rest of day…Hang prints to dry.
A. How to take drying prints and press flat
B. Use of beeswax, leather polish, watercolors, pencils, pens, thread to enhance prints
C. How to manipulate and cut papers to make pieces…cut, sew, glue, fold. I have lots of different projects from book making to cards and origami.
ON DAY 2, I USUALLY LET PARTICIPANTS DO ONE TO TWO LAST PRINTS WHILE WE ARE WORKING ON THE DAY BEFORE’S FINISHED PRINTS. BY THE SECOND DAY, MOST HAVE DONE A MINIMUM OF 4 DIPS AND ABOUT 6-8 PAPERS.
STUDENTS should bring or have a minimum of one copper 1 ¼” - 1 ½” X 12 “ pipe.
A ball of heavy cotton string – min. 5 yards, minimum 4 binder clamps largest size.
Also, if possible, thin unbendable metal plates and if not, 2 thick book boards - 6” X 11”…deteriorates after two dips. One washed old sheet for blankets (I have used paper towels VIVA or spunlace towels that Olga uses too), old towels for wipe ups, pencil , clip board and one fresh lemon.
Dorothy studied to be something other than an artist. She began as a fashion designer immediately after college but soon she became a partner of a manufacturing company, In Good Company, in 1965. She designed and manufactured kitchen soft goods and linens. Based in San Francisco, it became international and William-Sonoma was one of the main clients. In 1974 she received an award for Women in Business by Wells Fargo, Asian Inc. and NOW for her leadership as a woman of a successful company, In Good Company. The company was sold in 1976 and she became a Consultant to the Fashion Industry by request of the then President, Leonard Joseph. As a production and design consultant, she worked with many identity and music production companies, as well as new startups.
While living in Tequisquiapan, she became involved with the Sierra Gorda Ecological Group and taught to help small communities to become self-sustaining. Still today she goes to Mexico twice a year to teach.
Now in her 70’s and living in San Francisco, she is engaged in many volunteer activities, Ruth’s Table, Artseed, SCRAP-SF, San Francisco Center for the Book, and FabMo. She also mentored at Bay High School in their Senior Program. She was past President of Friends of Calligraphy, and still a Council member, and presently and has been a Master Educator for the Macy’s Fashion Incubator San Francisco.
She still has the time to do ‘art’ and has worked on projects for MMOCA, Flax Art and Design, Kalligraphia, Ruth’s Table, FabMo and SCRAP-SF. She is a recipient of Honorable Mentions for her artwork at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Altered Book Show 2014 and 2015. She is also busy helping her two daughters, care for her four grandchildren. To find out more about Dorothy's work, visit her blog www.dotsrainbow.com