Botanical printing combines the historical methods used in natural dyeing with contact and medium print techniques. The results are stunning plant portraits captured on fabric, leather and paper. My love of nature makes me conscious of keeping the process as gentle on the environment as I can. I often upcycle clothing and cloth. The plastics used in the processing get recycled. There are no mordant chemicals ever disposed of, they get used until gone.
The colors and prints in these fabrics come from the natural dyes found in local plants and flowers. The plants are layered onto the natural fabrics (silk, wool or cellulose), bundled and tightly bound. The bundles are then steamed or boiled for several hours. This process creates a permanently transferred pigment from the leaves onto the cloth. There can be up to 6-separate steps involved in completing a piece of fabric.