Ecoprinting, or botanical contact printing, is a contemporary adaptation of the ancient art of dyeing cloth with plant based pigments. Leaves are arranged on cloth, which is then tightly bound
so that leaves and fabric are in close contact. Application of steam or immersion in a vat of natural dye coaxes the pigment out of the leaf and into the cloth.
Treatment with naturally occuring substances such
as soya, alum, or rust solution enhances the colours and makes them more colourfast and lightfast. Addition of natural dyes such as madder, logwood and indigo extends the palette of colours achievable. These dyes
come from sustainable sources - many are grown in my own garden.The naturally produced colours are soft and harmonious, and the process is non polluting and respectful of the environment. The smallest change
in plant species, climatic conditions or water source can produce marked variations in the prints, meaning every piece of cloth is unique.
The textiles used are natural fibres , organically produced
and ethically sourced wherever possible. Vintage garments and textiles are also upcycled, giving them a new lease of life. Much of the linen and lace is sourced from French brocantes. The cooking pots used
for processing are also recycled - copper preserving pans, cast iron laundry pots, aluminium cooking pots. The metal ions produced by the use of these pots can intensify colours and
increase light fastness
All these techniques are the antithesis of today’s ‘throwaway’ society
Greetings from Cape Town South Africa. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, enjoyed reading your story.
This is really lovely. Love the blues and the little maple leaves.
Love your work..please send details of one-day entry level Long Compton workshops for Pat and myself. xxMaggie
Thanks so much Mary, do hope you enjoy wearing it.
Have just bought one of your scarves at Whichford. We are thoroughly thrilled with your creations and techniques. We're really impressed and think they are quite stunning!
16.11 | 16:52
Hi Caroline. I love your sweaters (cashmere or cotton) and would love to purchase one but I would need a 38 size bust. Can you let me know if you have any in this size. I don't seem to see them.
30.10 | 19:37
Could you add me to your mailing list thanks
28.10 | 18:00
Please add me to your e-mail list. Thank you, Bonnie Strollo
25.10 | 14:01
Hi Caroline: I'm the person who didn't make it to Morocco...and I really don't want to wait until next fall to take some instruction from you. Any suggestions for a course I could take in the meantime