Participatory Art

Printing with Nature

Printing with Nature

Hired by Edinburgh University to give a practical 'hands on' creative workshop to final year students studying environmental economics.

I introduced the group to a selection of natural materials which can be used to make dyes. I demonstrated a great way to make these liquid dyes into a paste that can be used for screen printing using household kitchen ingredients. Then we then spent a fun afternoon experimenting with the different colours, how the react when overlayed and how the colours shift again when different modifiers are printed over the top. These change the ph value of the dye and often produce surprising changes in colour. 

The group spent hours playing with colour using shapes inspired by a Louise Hopkins exhibition in an adjoining space. 

The result was a beautiful and surprising mixture of printed artworks and a new found appreciation for natural colour.