Eco-Printing Workshop

Eco-printing involves fresh, dried, whole & complete, wind damaged, nibbled, broken fallen leaves being placed on layers of fabric – rolled and bound tightly before heating to extract the botanical images permanently. A mindful process experiencing each season of nature as she gifts us botanical treasures and discoveries.

This weekend will entail a full understanding of eco-printing on different fabrics namely silk, cotton and paper. It is very much a hands-on course where we delve into this wonderful medium of capturing nature between layers of fabric. By the end of it, you will have the knowledge & know how to prepare different fabrics, mordant recipes (and application thereof) and the use iron blankets for successful results. We will also dabble with a bit of botanical dyeing. You will receive a take away kit & notes so that you’ll be able to continue the eco-printing journey at home. I am passionate about using ingredients sourced locally and that are as natural as possible and easily accessible.

The Course includes: prepped cotton fabrics, watercolour paper, 1 x blank silk scarf, notes and a take-away kit. I will have a few extra blank silk scarves for sale.

Accommodation includes lovely rooms in the Guesthouse or two self-catering cottages set on a working organic farm, Kogman and Keisie. The farm provides unique opportunities for workshop activities and intimate gatherings over great food. Partners that will not be attending the workshop will have numerous activities to occupy their time, be it hiking the mountains behind the farm, exploring the town or just lounging around the pools with a good book.


Friday:           2 to 3pm: check-in

3.00pm:  afternoon tea/coffee & the well renowned Montagu carrot cake

3.30pm – 5pm: Eco-Printing Session 1

6pm Wine Tasting & chat with David of de Trafford Wines

7pm Dinner at Kogman & Keisie

Saturday        7.30am tea/coffee/juices Cereals, fruit & yoghurt

8.00amish to 11.30 Eco-Printing Session 2

11.30am to 12.30pm Picnic Basket at the Greenhouse

12.30pm to 3.30pm Eco-Printing Session 3

4.00-5pm pm Show & Tell/Feedback Session with Afternoon Refreshments & Nibbles

6.30 for 7pm Dinner in Montagu (own account)

Sunday          7.30 to 8.30 A Kogman & Keisie breakfast

8.30am to 11.30pm Eco-Printing Session 4

11.30 to 12.30pm Show & Tell/Feedback session with tea/coffee

PRICE:           Per Person Sharing: R3950 for workshop participant, R2050 for non-participant, including meals

Single Participant: R4450 for the entire weekend

INCLUDES:     Two nights’ Accommodation

                     Meals as per Timetable above

Wine tasting with David Trafford of de Trafford Wines

                     Four Eco-printing workshop sessions

All workshop materials (prepped cotton fabrics, watercolour paper, 1 x blank silk scarf, notes and a take-away kit)

RITA TRAFFORD BIO: a qualified chef // an unqualified artist // a mother of 2 children (that have recently flown the coop)// doting (well sometimes) wife to a talented winemaker// a parent to 3 foster-fail dogs that take us far up the valley// proud mamma to 12 very free-range hens. ​

The easel & paints have been brushed aside for a wee while as I explore, experiment & play in this new natural printing medium. Embracing its process of slowing down and being more mindful. Realising being present at the foot of the mountain at times is more meditative & gentler than the pressured rush to its peak.

One can gather leaves with intention from under the trees, plan and place them with deliberation onto fabric – but that what happens during the simmering or steaming always gifts one surprises. Prepare for the unexpected and many aha moments.

It certainly is a process of letting go and leafing it up to nature

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