Teaching Children About History, Nature and ColoursFrancesca Palange
If you listen to Elisa talking about her work, you’ll hear poetry. Words such as “contemplation”, “exploration”, “learning”, “intuition” and “nature” give meaning to her practice, which is mainly based on eco printing. She is an Italian artist who has embraced a profoundly meditative, productive and ever-evolving cycle of paintings from trees and the arboreal world in general.
What attracted her to eco printing was the joy and love she felt while familiarising with the technique. The process of understanding how it works while communicating with different trees and plants was irresistible to her. “The arboreal world received me with great generosity,” she says. Now she has been portraying real trees for twelve years. Eco printing allows her to print the shapes of vegetation directly onto wood, paper or fabric and then to go over the shapes, making marks and using natural pigments.
Elisa also runs workshops for children where she focuses on introducing children to the realm of food-based colours and beyond. Recently, Elisa run a workshop for children in a sensory garden at Cody Dock in East London. She took the time to explain to the children that in the past, artists had their own unique colour palette which they created using whatever they had available to them from the land, including food items which were ground to a paste or a powder and then experimented with. Here are some of the experiments that children did with paints derived from beetroot, curcumin, coal, and curry powder.
An expert in eco-dyeing and a passionate about the arboreal world, Elisa Latini shares her experience and journey in the latest issue of No Serial Number Magazine, Spring Issue 2017. A great opportunity to get to know an artist who lives her work as poetry.
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