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Botanical Contact Prints / EcoPrints

Botanical Contact Prints / EcoPrints

BAG Workshop

August 5, 2017 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please note: this class is now full.

Botanical Contact Prints aka Eco-Prints on Paper
taught by Catherine Alice Michaelis and Bill Moody
$120 for BAG members; $145 for non-members
(or join BAG for $20 and get the members’ price!)

Learn how plants can transfer their pigments to paper in both planned and unpredictable ways. We will use plants from the wild, the cultivated garden, and the kitchen to produce a wide palette of color and design. We’ll also create stencils with leaves and flowers.  

We’ll start work quickly on a few sheets of paper and then step back and survey our successes, challenges, and differences. What can we learn from each other? Bill and Catherine will share their divergent methods. Bill will show folding techniques he’s developed for unique looks for both Soil Dwellers and Solar Return. (Both May Day Press editions printed entirely on their botanical printed papers.) After lunch we’ll quickly get a second batch processing. Each student should expect to produce 6-8 sheets of eco-printed paper.

The class will be held mainly outside (under a tarp if rainy) in a residential yard. Instructors will provide paper for printing, and a wide variety of plant material. Students will bring four 3” wide binder clips, their choice of latex/rubber/nitrile gloves to wear when cooking papers, and plant materials. Upon registration, students will receive an email confirmation, with a list of suggested plant materials to bring, and class location directions.

Catherine Alice Michaelis is an artist, lecturer, publisher, curator, teacher, and most recently – videopoet and animator. She is best known for her artist’s books and printmaking projects, incorporating letterpress and pressure printing techniques. Michaelis has a B.A. in Media Arts & Creative Nonfiction. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country.

Bill Moody has a B.S. in biology. He has been studying the medicinal use of plants for more than two decades and has spent a lifetime backpacking in the mountains. Attention to detail and a passion for experimentation combine with his general appreciation for nature creating a deep engagement in the botanical transfer process. Together Bill and Catherine co-create at May Day Press in Shelton, Washington. 

Registration price includes supplies. The workshop will be limited to 12 students; no prerequisite skills required. Participants will receive an email confirmation and list of tools to bring to the class, location information, etc.

To register for the class, please complete the attached form and send with a check, payable to Book Arts Guild, for the full registration amount ($120 for BAG members, $145 for non-members) to:
Lark Preyapongpisan, 10241 NE 20th Place, Bellevue, WA 98004

Questions? Please contact Lark Preyapongpisan (sharkfinn@gmail.com).


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