Artists, Textiles & Nature the Wonder Begins … (Part One)Francesca Palange
I thought it would be a good idea to put together a few eco print works to really showcase the variety of techniques that fall under this type of textile art. This variety occurs for different reasons. Each individual artist, for example, is always experimenting and constantly creates new recipes. Eco print artists use different combinations of natural materials to print on a variety of different textiles, for example, cotton, hemp, wool and silk. Many artists also combine eco printing with other textile art techniques, such as embroidery, weaving etc. to create their unique pieces.
The use of the eco print technique is important because it encourages the use of natural textiles and dyes. The majority of the artists with whom I’ve talked to for example tend to visit charity shops or seek out vintage fabrics exactly because older textiles are natural, as opposed to the prevalence of synthetics today. This sends a positive message of recycling and re-using and generally, making the most of what we already have.
Eco print artists also tend to use any botanical materials that they can find local to them, especially windfalls. This must involve a lot of outdoor activity, walking and exploring and building connections with the parks, woods and gardens local to them. This shows a special attention, almost reverence towards nature. It encourages the artists to learn about their local landscape, which plants are rare? Which grow in abundance? Which plants, flowers and roots have what properties?
I was careful to look for artists who are environmentally conscious and therefore prioritise those techniques that have minimal negative repercussions on our ecosystem. Indeed these artists engage in a process of transformation and seek a deep and harmonious relationship with nature.
‘Again and again it delights me when students decide to discard synthetic dye practice as they develop an understanding of the joy to be had from using weeds and windfalls in an ecologically sustainable manner’
1 – Inspired Hands, Fiber & Metal Art/Mixed Media Art by Jill Valenzuela
I am a Maker. I make what moves me. And what moves me is One of a Kind Art, eco printing, eco dyeing, weaving, embroidery, stitching, hand sewing, and metal smiting. I also practice Wabi Sabi – Finding Beauty in the Imperfections. By combining my Love for One of a Kind Clothing with eco printing, eco dyeing, stitching and embroidery I bring together all mediums and textures to play together harmoniously.
Connect with Jill via her Facebook page
2 – Gone Rustic Studio & Gallery by Rita Summers
I love anything to do with fabric, stitch and dyeing, especially eco dyeing. In 2015, I launched my eco fashion collection, and I am thrilled with the response so far! I sell them at my gallery, at markets and here on easy. My background is teaching, community work and management. My current life has been built on all that, as well as my love of creating.
3 – Constanze Krög
I’m a felter to begin with but on my search for new techniques and surfaces I discovered contact printing with iron and later on I came to know the eco printing technique. Most of the prints that I do are felted in the felted garments. I like what the wool does with the printed patterns. And some are ready for me without printing. All my garments are made of silk and wool seamlessly felted.
Connect with Constanze via her Website
4 – Marina Fomchenko
My eco-printing tango of wool and leaves-is a deep heart meditation. Created scarfs are elegant bridges between Mother Nature and our hearts & bodies as a reminder to remember about our nurturing loving home – planet Earth. I infuse my scarfs with special intentions, bless them and pray over. They are like hugs of the loving Mother- soft, tender and beautiful.
Carry on reading Part Two …
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