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About Elisabeth, The Lansdowne House and The True Colour of the Cotinus…

The True Colour of the Cotinus Calendar 2022 is now available for ordering… below:

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A 12 PAGES A4 SIZE limited edition COTINUS 2022 CALENDAR FOR UK DESPATCH

Calendar will only be printed and despatched if minimum order of 50 has been reached. Any unfulfilled orders will be fully refunded first week of December as way of advice. Despatched with Royal mail first week of December 2021. Let me know if you want it despatched to a different address by email on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com This is an A4 size calendar, featuring 12 pages (with unique images 15 x 15 cm on each page), Each page lists one line per each day/calendar together with previous and next planning month. The True Colour of the Cotinus project story is printed at the back together with links to online information. A great calendar to keep data on but also a lovely set of images to enjoy, keep and reuse. Printed on recycled board in the UK by a small local printer.

£20.00

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A 12 PAGES A4 SIZE limited edition COTINUS 2022 CALENDAR FOR UK DESPATCH

Calendar will only be printed and despatched if minimum order of 50 has been reached. Any unfulfilled orders will be fully refunded first week of December as way of advice. Despatched with Royal mail first week of December 2021. Let me know if you want it despatched to a different address by email on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com This is an A4 size calendar, featuring 12 pages (with unique images 15 x 15 cm on each page), Each page lists one line per each day/calendar together with previous and next planning month. The True Colour of the Cotinus project story is printed at the back together with links to online information. A great calendar to keep data on but also a lovely set of images to enjoy, keep and reuse. Printed on recycled board in the UK by a small local printer.

£25.00

Elisabeth is a self employed artist, She was trained in Decorative Arts, She works with Natural dyes and Eco-prints. French born, she is based in Glasgow in Scotland where she runs her sustainable studio “The Lansdowne House”. From the old kitchen of her Victorian home she works, creates and teaches Natural dyes and Eco-Printing (during the Covid Crisis online live on zoom). To learn with her check her classes Here

“The True Colour of the Cotinus” is a global Eco-printing project created by French artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw in 2020 during the Covid crisis from her Glasgow studio.

Using the online platform Zoom and a dedicated Facebook group, she wanted to provide isolated Eco-printers from all over the world with a communal simple technique to follow.

By summer 2021 over 700 participants have taken part virtually and created blue prints from the Cotinus plant. Elisabeth is planning a live exhibition (or two) for 2022, She will be crowdfunding to support it.

They interact regularly in a dedicated Facebook group. They are located in all time zones.

Resilience and creativity were the project key focus, friendship and beautiful prints are the result.

If you want to take part in the project look here for future workshops or PDF methods for fabric and paper printing. Taking one workshop or obtaining one method will allow you in the group. https://thelansdownehouseofstencils.com/2021/09/01/the-true-colour-of-the-cotinus-how-to-make-blue-eco-prints-from-cotinus-leaves/

“The True Colour of the Cotinus” cards and calendars are Elisabeth’s own unique Eco-prints and help funding the ongoing project. Elisabeth is a self-employed full-time artist. She lives with her husband John, in Glasgow (Scotland) where she is known for her community projects (The Big Rose, The Big Banner…), in her urban garden she cultivates 5 Cotinus plants.

To purchase our cards and calendar look Here (Link pending)

Elisabeth was trained in Decorative Arts by Christie’s and The University of Glasgow in the 1990’s. With strong connections to the Mackintosh Heritage, She pursued a career in the recreation of historic wall treatment and specialised in stencilling with a special emphasis on the Art Nouveau period. She is well known for her interpretation of Mackintosh’s The House for an Art Lover and her most recent recreation work of the Glasgow “Willows tea rooms” from 1903.

She has a strong interest in Community art and she has been running almost yearly programs involving the Community in Art projects, such as The Big Rose, (West of Scotland, Mackintosh Festival 2016) involving over 500 participants across 13 venues. The public was involved in stencilling large Mackintosh roses outdoors creating communal carpets outside Mackintosh buildings.

She was commissioned in 2015 to recreate some interior stencilling first designed in 1903 by designer and architect George Walton in Dunblane in Scotland.

Inspired by her regular travelling in South East Asia since 1995 she gradually moved into the use of more Eco techniques like Indigo, natural dyes and Ecoprinting. She is self trained but also catches specialised workshops with specialist artists such as Aboubakar Fofana for Indigo, Irit Dullman for Ecoprinting as well as learning from local wisdom she finds around her. She organises skill swaps with other artist as she believe we only learn well from teachers we feel passionate about. In 2020 she organised a skill swap in Thailand sharing her Eco-printing methods with some community of dyers and textile artists agains some of their local knowledge.

She runs The Lansdowne House her home based studio since 1990 and in turn has been using it as a private studio, as a school of stencilling and up-cycling and more recently as the online studio for her online live classes. She entertains a long term relationship with her pupils and regularly organises “get together” wether online live or in person.

2017 The Big Banner project saw 13 “Hand stencilled Roses banners” by groups of participants in public locations before an exhibition of those at The Lighthouse design center in Glasgow during the Mackintosh Festival

2019/2020 in Printing in Woodlands, she gathers the public an gardeners in the Woodlands Community garden to learn the art of Ecoprinting working outdoors. An exhibition of communal pieces takes place in the Glasgow Botanical garden in February 2020 with an open day of free crafts workshops.

In the summer of 2020, in the peak of the Covid crisis she launched “The True Colour of the Cotinus” a global Eco-printing project to test the colours you can obtain from the Cotinus (Smoke Bush) leaves. Set to test the prints on paper, in 2021 the emphasis has moved to fabric with another two online workshops. By mid 2021 over 400 participants are involved in sampling leaves on various target materials. Elisabeth comments “the emphasis is not the leaves, nor the prints… its about creating a focus for participants to connect with. The Cotinus is a great leaf to print and the colour blue obtained gives everyone a focus for attention. The creativity involved and the connection it has created is tremendous. The buzz among the group is well worth the hard work I ended up putting in the project. I hope this will culminate in a physical exhibition at some point.

When at home, Elisabeth works in a sustainable manner in the circular economy, recycling cloth gathered from the local BnB and using leaves from her local park. When purchasing cloth and dyes she invest in community of weavers/dye producers who can benefit from her orders.

She lives in Glasgow with her husband but her circle of friends, family and pupils is international… she says… “The World is my Village”.

She likes… travelling, cooking, gardening, and spending quiet times in her studio.

She is a member of the West of Scotland guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and Applied Art Scotland.

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LEARNING WITH ME

I love teaching my craft, I share some knowledge and know how I have acquired over the years and in return get inspired by your creativity. With me you will learn a technique and work on a project. With each workshop your understanding of Eco Printing and Natural dyes will grow further. You can also interact in a private Facebook group I have set up so we can share results and and answer questions.

To book a space select your workshop and make a payment. You will receive a receipt and within a day or so a confirmation of your space.

To read a full description of each workshop scroll down to the bottom past all the booking buttons ….

Online VIRTUAL OPEN STUDIO and “FREE” WORKSHOPS AT THE LANSDOWNE WITH ARTIST ELISABETH VIGUIE CULSHAW

This is my annual event… Open studio I though were difficult in time of Covid but running my open day online is so much fun… Via a number of sessions I will be talking to you about my new 2022 courses and share how you can get a 20 % on those booked during that week end. I will introduce you to the tutors I will be collaborating with during the Spring 2022, we will talk about “Growing Indigo in Scotland” and there will be a “The True Colour of the Cotinus” reunion… but also I will share a “Free” workshop on how to set up an Indigo vat and how to make a black ink from Botanics…

£15.00

ECOPRINTING ON PAPER FOR ART – THE PDF METHOD (SELF PACED WORKSHOP)

In this PDF instruction I will share with you my technique developed over several years of Ecoprinting on paper to get clear and colourful prints using Botanical material and Natural dyes. We will explore via the PDF text and a number of videos 3 methods (simmering in dyes, dyes and tannin blankets, Iron blanket, steaming with blankets, texture blankets) on a variety of paper using several natural dyes or tannins. You will learn to: – Select paper – Understand your leaves fresh and dried. – Understand mordants and dyes and extract your dyes from nature – Put together your equipment – Print your paper – Learning to discharge text or designs from your prints – Finish and seal your paper so you can use it for making books, putting on a frame, using for greeting cards…

£49.00

THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ON PAPER – SELF PACED METHOD

The True Colour of the Cotinus is a global online project I launched in 2020, it is about Ecoprinting the Cotinus leaves to obtain blue. The paper method was tested in 2021 and after two global online testing with 100 participants each. We use facebook to share results. This method gives you the final result and how to get Blue out of your own paper with a steaming method. It is best for art paper but will work for other versions . It is suitable for beginners … by buying this method you are in the project and will be able to access the Private Facebook group of over 500 participants to post your results and interact.

£25.00

THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ON FABRIC – SELF PACED METHOD

The True Colour of the Cotinus is a global online project I launched in 2020, it is about Ecoprinting the Cotinus leaves to obtain blue. The fabric method was finalised in 2021 after two global online testing with 100 participants each. We use facebook to share results. This method gives you the final result and how to get Blue out of your own leaves/fabric. It is best for silk and linen but will work for cotton and other material. It is suitable for beginners … by buying this method you are in the project and will be able to access the Private Facebook group of over 500 participants to post your results and interact.

£25.00

Make a Ferrous Indigo vat – 28 November 4pm to 7pm UK time

This is a day workshop on setting up a Natural Indigo Ferrous vat. In a 3 hours live online on zoom session + instructions online and support group we will learn how to set up from home a 10 litre Ferrous vat suitable for dying Cellulose materials and Silk. I will share tips to maintain the vat and a couple of shibori folds for you to practise with. There is a starter pack of Organic Tamil Indigo available if you live in the UK – This is suitable for beginners

£55.00

Make a Ferrous Indigo Vat – Starter pack of Organic Tamil Indigo for UK participants

This is a starter pack allowing you to make a 10 L Ferrous vat (does not include the container, you will still need to find yourself a suitable container with a lid). It will include Natural Organic Tamil Indigo powder, ferrous and lime as well as some organic material samples to test your vat and a few ph strips to get you started.

£27.00

Eco print and Indigo dye paper for Art online workshop UK participants

In a 3 hours workshop learn to Ecoprint paper and Indigo dye it after setting up a hydrosulfate vat. On zoom, 3 hours and suitable for beginners 4th December 2021 2pm to 5pm UK time

£75.00

Ecoprinting and Indigo dye paper for Art online workshop Overseas participants

SAME AS ABOVE NO STARTER PACK 4th December 2021 2pm to 5pm UK time

£55.00

ECO PRINTING ON PAPER FOR ART ONLINE WORKSHOP FOR OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS

SAME AS BEFORE BUT FOR OVERSEAS PARTICIPANTS SO NO STARTER PACKS 9th January 2022 From 4pm to 6pm.

£33.00

Black and White, 4 weeks Printing and Mark Making with Tannin and Iron

A 4 weeks workshop (4 Sundays) from 10 am to 1pm starting on 6th February 2022 online with zoom to learn to make the most out of Oak gall tannin and iron, we print, make ink, make printing paste and discharge fabric and paper. A starter pack is available (see below) for UK participants for overseas enquire on postage costs.

£162.00

Black and White, Starter pack for the Black and White workshop

Starter pack for UK participants of the Black and White workshop … contains Oak gall, ferrous sulfate, and all other ingredients you need for the 4 processes as well as a printing screen, for overseas orders please enquire in postage costs

£55.00

INDIGO STORY, FOUR WEEKS ONLINE WORKSHOP IN PRINTING AND DYEING BLUE –

A four weeks online workshop exploring the magic of the ferrous vat. We will explore setting up a vat, dyeing with it, creating a printing paste with the Indigo and discharging cloth dyed with it. This workshop is perfect for textile lovers, stitchers, packwork quilters. 4 sundays starting 28th November for 4 weeks UK time 4pm to 7pm A starter pack is available for UK participants or at extra shipping cost to overseas participants

£162.00

INDIGO STORY STARTER PACK. (cost for UK participants, enquire of extra shipping cost)

Starter pack including Natural Indian Indigo paste, other ingredients, a screen for printing or discharge. This cost is for UK participants, If you order this pack and live elsewhere email me bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com and I will advise of shipping costs to you

£60.00

Eco Printing on paper for Art online workshop

This is an online workshop on zoom. During a two hours session we will learn a simple Eco Printing technique for work on paper using a natural dye, simple like Onion skin or a more established one like Logwood. I will run the workshop live, it will be recorded and the video shared for 4 weeks, I will also share a PDF instructions. This is a simple but really effective technique to print both fresh and dried leaves. This workshop is perfect for beginners.

Black and White a four weeks technique using Tannin and Iron

This is a 4 weeks workshop online were we will explore the potential of using Oak gall tannin and tannin. We will learn how to use it to print background to Eco Prints, to transform it into an Ink, modify its colour using Ph shifts, we will make a printing paste out of it to use for screening, stencilling and stamping as well as a discharge to also use for printing. We will work through a progression of technique using the same two elements creating very unique pieces. The workshop is ran on zoom in 4 sessions and one show and tell session. All sessions are available via video replay and a PDF instructions will be available to participants.

This workshop is available for beginners as well as more advanced participants. There is a great scope for working in specific area each participant is interested in both in paper or fabric

BOTANICAL PRINTING AND NATURAL DYE WEEK END ONLINE WORKSHOP

This two days workshop is perfect for those who want to learn how to get clear Eco Prints on both cellulose fabric or silk using a natural dye for a clean background. For complete beginners and more advance printers. We will get to grips preparing your fabrics as well as mordanting them, extracting natural dyes, preparing blankets, selecting leaves and printing. Finally finishing our fabric to a high standard.

The sessions will be live on zoom and recorded before being shared for replay to participants for 4 weeks together with a pdf instructions. There is a starter pack available. We will use tannin and Logwood dye on silk, cotton and bamboo.

FELT AND PRINT A WEEK END OF ONLINE FELTING AND ECOPRINTING WORKSHOP

This is a collaboration workshop with Felting artist Ewa Kuczniac. In two sessions over two separate week ends we will learn to Nano felt some wool and Eco Print it as well as a piece of recycled wool using Eucalyptus leaves to create beautiful strong orange prints. With the completed wool you will have the chance to create a pouch for a tablet or a book.

This is the perfect workshop for a beginner who looks into making stunning prints. It is perfect for a winter time workshop when the other botanics are not yet there.

The two sessions will be ran on zoom with a video replay available for 4 weeks and a pdf instructions. We will meet for a glorious show and tell to share our results.

PRINT AND DIP AN ONLINE ONE SESSION ECOPRINTING AND INDIGO DYEING WORKSHOP

This is an online workshop which combines two techniques, Eco printing and Indigo dyeing. In one session online of 3 hours we will Eco Print some leaves on paper, prepare an hydrosulfate Indigo vat and add Indigo to our prints. This workshop is ran online on zoom live and recorded for replay by the participants for up to 4 weeks, and a PDF instructions. This workshop is perfect for beginners, for multi media artists, to produce art work, greeting cards…

You will learn two techniques Eco printing and Indigo vat building.

PRINT AND STITCH AN ECO PRINTING AND STITCHING ONLINE WORKSHOP

This two sessions workshop is a collaborative workshop with Edinburgh bookbinder Cassandra Barron from Bookbinding with Cass. We will spend one live session getting to grips with Ecoprinting on paper using the gorgeous Sapanwood and tannin and iron on fabric and paper. It will be followed by bookbinding sessions via video links with Cassandra Barron. We will have a wonderful Show and Tell session to discuss our results. You will make 3 books using those two techniques and end up with a lot of additional Art work.

All sessions will be recorded and video recording will be available for replay.

This workshop is perfect for beginners, for book lovers and eco printers

INDIGO STORY, FOUR WEEK ONLINE WORKSHOP IN PRINTING AND DYEING BLUE

This is a four week online workshop for anyone in love with Indigo and mark making. We will learn to set up a ferrous vat and dyeing with it flat and shibori, we will use paste to resist the dye, turn Indigo into a printing paste, discharge it to create pattern. We will learn to finish our pieces and maintain our vat.

This is ran over 4 weeks on zoom with a video replay for participants to access for 4 weeks and a PDF instructions to keep.

This is perfect for textile lovers and a starter pack is available to UK participants or overseas at an extra shipping cost. It contains Organic Indian Indigo.

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From nothingness to nearly black … 7 shades of blue, Fermenting Indigo with Aboubakar Fofana… I came home in Bali !

I am a textile artist and a lover of blue and I teach Indigo dyeing in Scotland (my next Indigo event) on a regular basis, but I love learning myself and I believe I know so little compared with Master Indigo dyer Aboubakar Fofana so I went all the way to Bali last November to attend one of his workshops on Fermentation Indigo organised by Threads of Life Bali Its a very long way to go for a weeks workshop but The Threads of Life’s premises set in the Bebali dye garden are so well suited to Indigo dyeing that it was very well worth the effort.

I did think it would be interesting but I did not realise I would get this exceptional feeling of  “coming home” … I though it would be about blue… but it was about a beautiful process, mainly about a communion with nature and how you can understanding it by looking at it, smelling it, mixing it, waiting, recording it and off course accepting the result a beautiful vat dye called Indigo, blessing it, maintaining it and finally getting blue from it.

We were a small group of about 12 meeting on the first day of the workshop, such an international group, Rachel, Margot… from somewhere in Australia, Prairie from Thailand, someone from Bengladesh, two ladies from the US … many different expectations, many different expertise, one aim… learning from Aboubakar.

Him, a master of his Art in complete communion with the huge fermentation vats he creates out of African Indigo,  but also a tired traveller that morning, Bali customs had held him for many hours the night before to test the dried mud and the Indigo fermented balls he had brought in his travel bag as a true Alchemist style… may be they were looking for the secret potion they did not find… William Ingram who runs The Threads of Life would be our father and our scientist for the week. I though him as a “frustrated teacher” wanting to find the science behind each process… he makes my day every time he can explain the chemistry behind the magic. I did not get the chance to join a chemistry class in my young days and I am still trying to find out how things work in a recurring manner… Pung the chief dyer of the Bebali garden but also the director of the Bebali foundation  which supports artisans through Indonesia in keeping their techniques and their traditions. Pung is a constant source of information, a smiling source of information, profoundly involved in the local community and so proud of his team.

And we start… Aboubakar is very straight with us… don’t you think this is about Blue… its about you understanding the process… you will grind, mix, smell, stir, understand… make it happen, and if you are lucky you will get to see the fermented vat active… we did not… one week was not enough for the little fermented balls to get their magic going… but I have recorded the smell of African fermented indigo in my head for any future tries… and we went back to the grinding mill… Lets work with paste now, lets reduce… two reduced vats using the Fructose method… one with fructose, one with sugar cane, lets learn from the eruption of our slake lime… lets measure Ph, and temperature, let it happen… by tomorrow surely there will be some blue… one can hope…

But if there is not… the Bebali garden’s vats will do nicely (3 huge vats of 300 liters… yes yes monstrous huge vats…) !!!

Can we dye please… I have crossed half of the world to come and make some blue cloth… please can I dye now????  No yet says the Master… now you have to learn to clean and prepare your cloth… May be tomorrow… OHHH ! Sheer frustration…. 7 small squares of cloth are getting boiled and stirred in Ash water… May be tomorrow.

And today… we open the lids, and we stir, and we smell, and we take the temperature and the Ph… not yet says the Master…. but you can start with the Bebali vats… Pung said yes you can… but wait though… you have to first fit some nets at the bottom… you don’t want to disturb the bottom of the vats…

Please can we dye sir? My hands are aching to be blue and my nails are still so clean… I want to make pretty patterns on a scarf and take it home to show off…

Not yet first you have to master your shades… its not about the pretty pattern its not about the blue… you still don’t understand you silly children its about the process… you must learn the process…

Look now this is what I want you to do… you must dip your squares of purest cotton (now ever so clean) in this vat once, twice, three times as many times as it takes but you must have 7 shades… starting with white and then the colour of nothingness (somewhere between white and blue… almost nothing but still something on this cloth… its beautiful )  … and finish at almost black… its still blue not quite black but so dark the uneducated eye would think it is black…

How many times please sir? As many times as you need to… you will have to stop talking now, you will have to concentrate, you will have to slow down and breathe gently and listen to the water floating in the vats while counting, you have to take turn and learn to wait, you have to learn to observe, your 7 shades will gradually be born, you have to follow a gentle pattern, they have to play blue like a melody, no discordance no big jumps, the right progression…

Will this not take forever sir? I have dipped this cloth at least 15 times, my mind is so tired… please Master am I there yet?

Well you tell me … it is your cloth after all and you have to learn to play your own music… Do you like this tune ? Are you happy with your own result… I cant tell you it is about you liking your own work !

Ohhhh! Master I don’t want to make a pretty pattern any more now I want to play the most delicate melody with my blue cloth… please can I have more time?

Well I am afraid a great melody is only as good as the paper it is written on … if your cloth is not “finished” properly it will not last… you need to rinse, rinse, and rinse again… until your hands are aching from it. And then only you will be able to say if you love your Melody…. And then you can make pretty patterns… Lets rinse more…

Now you can make pretty patterns… When we are all done we will listen to every one’s melody… Look is it not so beautiful????

Never have I achieved so much and so little at a workshop, this time no suitcase full of Artwork, one beautiful scarf stitched and dipped in an interesting Shibori pattern… a beautiful loose weave cotton woven in Bali and part of the From Farmer to Fabric program  of the Threads of Life… I know now every time I will wear my scarf someone in Bali will benefit from my purchase. But more importantly 7 little squares of beautifully dyed Blue cloth… perfect record of my progression on a process taught to me by Aboubakar…. I feel so proud of them, they are the proof of my understanding of the process… I am so very happy…

On the last day we displayed all our melodies on a table and surprise… all melodies are perfect but still they are different ever so slightly they are all so stunning… see for yourself.

This was such a long way to go but I have learned so much, a new technique, playing music with blue, an infinite patience… I feel in complete communion with a group of dyers, with a community, with even a Master dyer.

My hands did get so blue at the end… it took several weeks for my nails to be fully clean… I will cherish my squares of blue for ever they are by far my most difficult piece of work and I am so proud of them.

Aboubakar Fofana teaches Indigo at The Thread of Life every year. I highly recommend it…. but not if you want to make many pretty things… only join in if you want to be in true communion with the Blue Stuff.

Love

Betty xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why I love my Journey as an Eco Artist !

The other morning I checked my art supplies, I though they were a bit low before the next day workshop and so… time to replenish… on my way to … The Kelvingrove Park…. in the West end of Glasgow, walking distance from my studio, it is lovely and a little hub of nature in the centre of the city. I took a lovely morning walk, I had a chat with the dog walkers, found some lovely autumn leaves, horse chestnut, some oak, some dried maples all in my large bag. I even stopped by An Clachan the friendly coffee shop by the children’s play park. They make a wonderful coffee and a great flap jack. After that… I went home and Eco Printed.

How about that for work life balance !

Eco Printing is a wonderful creative technique at every level.  Beginners to my workshops can produce beautiful pieces from early days, and I love how versatile the technique can be wether you are an artist, you love textile, or work with mix media, the prints you make help you mapping your creativity. Different seasons, different colours, different leaves or printing surfaces, different colours… Some call it magical but really it is chemistry !

For myself I love the resist papers I get, the negative prints so to speak… the paper blankets which give me beautiful rusty images. They are unpredictable but always beautiful.

I am an Eco Artist and I love my journey, no online shopping for me, no fighting the motorway traffic to the local Craft shops, no huge bill for specialist paint… My main ingredient… Scottish leaves  ! so when I need some… I just take a walk in the park. How amazing is that !

I will be running my next week end Eco Printing next October in my own Studio in Glasgow details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eco-print-your-scottish-leaves-week-end-tickets-63310032010 We will be drinking great coffee and printing Scottish leaves in my Big Aluminium Pot, we will keep cosy by the fire and make amazing and unique prints. If you are a beginner you will be blown away by the result, if you have printed before… join me for more creative fun.

I hope to see you there.

Love

Betty x

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Workshops, Contact details…

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“The workshop and your tuition was inspiring. I went home created an art space and began designing…”

My name is Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw, French born Glasgow based eco up-cycler, I studied Decorative Arts with Christies. I worked with Heritage stencilling and have recreated schemes from the Mackintosh Heritage in Scotland. I travel to Asia every year and I have developed from my trips a love for Eco Techniques. Indigo dyeing, Eco dyeing, Eco Printing. I started my Eco journey in northern Thailand with lovely ladies from the Hmong Hill tribes.

I train with the best in the land Eco Printing with Irit Dulman from Israel, Indigo with Aboubakar Fafo from Mali. I am relentless testing my art.

I am passionate about sharing my skills, here in the UK but also in Asia where I run sharing skills program… this year I visited Mann craft  in Sakon Nakhon, and Nussara Tiengkate from Banraijaisook  from Chiangmai to learn from them about Indigo while sharing my Eco Printing in their community.

I share my skills in Scotland and elsewhere running workshops and doing collaborative work. I team with local galleries to share my art pieces. In my studio there is always an Indigo vat on the go and a pile of leaves ready to be Eco Printed.

JOIN ME ON A WORKSHOP IN PERSONAL OR ONLINE 

During COVID19 I am offering some starter packs in the techniques I teach… those will offer all ingredients you need and a pdf/video tuition to the participants. Those are available at any time and the pdf is available for multiple uses.

NEW ONLINE CLASSES:

During Covid19, I am setting up some online classes to allow you to keep your creativity flowing. I am using the platform zoom as a support for the classes. You need a lap top or a smart phone to access via a weblink I will send you. It is a very simple process and will allow us to keep interacting in a friendly manner while you keep learning and creating…

11 June I will be running an eco printing workshop in French on zoom  “Atelier Virtuel d’Impression Vegetale sur tissus et papier Tickets

12 June I will run a bookbinding workshop for eco printer and mono printers on paper Tickets

19 June I will run a Eco Printing workshop on how to create textured background for Eco Prints Tickets

25 June I will run a workshop on how to set up an Indigo vat and to dye Shibori… this is a two sessions (25 and 26 June at mid day)  workshop Tickets

26 June I will run one workshop on how to Eco Print on paper workshop Tickets

 

For those workshops you need access to a computer and a good speed internet to be able to use it for streaming. If you have any questions contact me.

 

FACE TO FACE WORKSHOPS:

6 august for 8 evenings, Upcycling Furniture workshop, learn to recycle your furniture and the way to prepare it before hand. Over eight weeks you learn various techniques including stencilling, decoupage, chalkpaint… to book here

11th august for 8 evenings, Upcycling Furniture workshop, learn to recycle your furniture and the way to prepare it before hand. Over eight weeks you learn various techniques including stencilling, decoupage, chalkpaint… here

6 August for 4 afternoon, Blue Prints, 4 weeks workshop printing Botanical and Blue, a 4 session workshop using 4 mark making techniques using the colour blue or botanics like cyanotype, eco printing, Logwood dyeing, Indigo Shibory, perfect for stitchers, quilters, multimedia crafters… beginners… Book here

26-27 September – Eco Print your Scottish leaves on Silk week end (this will include some basic Eco Printing information)  in my Glasgow Based studio Book here

24-25 October – Eco-Print, Dye and Stitch a creative workshop Week end in Edinburgh, Granton’s Hub. If you want to read about it and book look Here

18th September, Eco Printing day workshop in Glasgow, A special day for embroiderers, quilters and anyone interested in textile art. Book here

19-20 september 2020 Indigo Blue retreat in Glasgow in my West end based Studio If you want to read about it or book look Here

Residential workshops

I teach creative residential retreats at Gartmore House in Scotland in the Stirling area If you want to read about them or book please check their sites Here 

Summer School 2020 (for the moment this class is still running)

I will be teaching a 4 days summer school in Lamlash Arran in the Summer 2020 with Cassandra Barron, we will Eco dye, Eco Print, Indigo dye and Bookbind. This is the perfect retreat for creative participants who want to carry an all around project. Only 10 participants will take part and we will use inspiration from our surrounding. If you would like to pre-book look here  If you would like more information email me  bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

Textile Trip to Thailand 2020

I will be leading a 12 days textile tour to Thailand starting on the 28th October 2020.

We will visit 3 cities, specialised textile markets, meet some communities and textile artists and local wisdom keepers, we will take workshops in Indigo, Natural dyes, weaving… we will visit Indigo country and experiment the Festival of the Lights in Chiangmai. I hope that you will want to join my small group of 6 travellers.  If you would like information about the itinerary and to book please email me bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

ECO PRINTING

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Eco Printing is the technique of contact printing using Botanical material it does not involve any additional paint or colour. I run regular one and two days workshops in that technique.

INDIGO DYEING AND SHIBORI

I use Indigo Dye to create sharp patterns on cloth using the Japanese technique of Shibori. Folding and clamping, dip dyeing … I run regular one and two days workshops using that technique.

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UP-CYCLING FURNITURE (booking details above) 

Week end and block of 8 evening classes in Glasgow, and regular one and two days workshops in Edinburgh with The Remakery

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STENCILLING

One day workshop

I am running Discovering Mackintosh stencilling workshops in Glasgow, we visit a Mackintosh Property to look at some heritage stencilling before spending the afternoon learning the technique. Small group.  Dates and booking details above

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PRIVATE COURSES

I can organise private courses in stencilling or up cycling furniture, Eco printing and Indigo as well as Team day out, Birthday parties, I regularly work with schools. Email me @ bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com for detail.
Stencils in the Mackintosh style are available here

Facebook page The Lansdowne House Mackintosh stencils

Instagram page Here and Here

Twitter : Here

My Studio:

In the fashionable West end of Glasgow you will find just a short way away from the University and its park, a lovely crescent with large residents gardens. Around those green heavens, Victorian tenements flats and large town houses have been standing for over 160 years offering spacious accommodation and working spaces to the residents of the area.

Its a lovely, green, quiet environment where we have set up roots a long while ago and it is there that in the stone floor workshop with the roaring fire in the winter and the fresh patio in the summer I design my stencils, I wax painted furniture for my clients. This is where I run workshops and design special projects.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his Art Nouveau (Glasgow Style in Glasgow) designs caught my interest many years ago and stencilling has always been my preferred technique and I will offer you my expertise for any project you have in mind.

Children classes:

I can organise stencilling classes for any size of party and I have experience in working with groups and classes.

I offer:

– ready made stencils in the style of Mackintosh, you can find those on Here just email me on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com with your requests.

– I will design on commissions for you, for any design email me on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

– I offer a commission service and will stencil your interior, office etc… for details email me on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com

finally if you can’t find what you are looking for just drop me a line.

Happy stencilling.

Betty xx

Christmas studio boxes and Ink bottles are back

Last year I decided to de stash my studio before refurbishing it and made available some studio boxes… They were made of samples of hand dyed fabric and yarn, ecoprinted pieces… all small pieces (minimum 10 x 10 cms) of paper and yarn/fabric, a minimum of 9, in a flat carboard box. Really diverse (all are different) they were popular with the stitchers, the mixed media artists… and many received them for Xmas.

I am not planning to refurbish this year but as I have been asked many times for those boxes I have decided to offer them again for delivery December. They are available below.

I have also made huge batch of my Oak gall black ink. It is very special for drawing and writing and is a very traditional ink. Delivered in bottles of 60 ml with Oakgalls corn.

They will be sent the first week of December to the address linked with the paypal account used to buy them. If you want your box sent elsewhere, send me by email a different address (bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com). They each contain a lovely eco-printed card with my good wishes on it…

Eco Studio box for UK postage (see below for sending overseas)

Despatch for those will be beginning of December. A lovely individual box filled with hand dyed (natural dyes only) fabric samples and yarn (silk, cotton, linen and hemp), eco-printed paper and fabric. A Unique hand made card signed with good wishes by myself for the recipient. A minimum of 9 pieces of minimum 10 x 10 cm. This cost includes UK mainland despatch, for America, Australia, Europe pick a postage below and you can email me if you want me to ship this elsewhere on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com … I can advise for postage. Those will be sent as gift with an export form it is possible you are charged extra for duty but the value is very low.

£25.00

Oak gall natural black ink, bottle of 60 ml (UK postage included, see below for overseas)

Despatch will be done for this beginning of December. This is a bottle of hand made ink of the darkest way. Made according to an ancient recipe of the Oak Gall ink, this ink is versatile and will give you a lot more detail and texture than any other ink you know. In a glass bottle sent with a few oak galls to inform the recipient and good wishes on a hand made card. This is for UK delivery included, pick a postage below for America, Europe or Australia but if you want me to ship it elsewhere ask me for a link for the additional postage by emailing me on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com. Those will be sent a gifts with a customs duty form and it is possible you may have a small cost to pay upon arrival.

£20.00

Despatch for up to two of the items above for EUROPE (that is including Switzerland)

Postage cost for this includes any mainland European countries for up to two items above. For odd destinations please email me for a quote.

£10.00

Despatch for up to two of the items above for AMERICA (North and South countries) and AUSTRALIA mainland only

Postage cost for this includes any mainland American countries for up to two items above. For odd destinations please email me for a quote.

£20.00

I hope those will be of interest to you and give a lot of pleasure to your creative friends…

Love.

Betty xx

The True Colour of the Cotinus project…. take part in the next phase !

This is the support page of The True Colour of the Cotinus Project. If you scroll below you can register yourself on one of the online methods to learn to print blue on fabric or paper, but also order a beautiful set of Greeting cards with my unique Botanical prints of Cotinus leaves and/or a 2022 calendar (12 images) featuring the Cotinus prints.

The True Colour of the Cotinus project was born in 2020 as an online community Eco-Printing project out of the Covid Pandemic and in 2021. In 2021 over 600 participants have joined the group by taking part in an online workshop or working with the PDF methods to obtain blue prints out the the Cotinus (Smoke bush) tree leaves. It is a really buzzing project created by Artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw.

So What is coming next?

The last online live workshop for the year was in Septembre but many are working with online self paced methods (see below how to access them) and sharing their prints, interacting in the Private Facebook group. I want more out of it… to give more, to educate via the method about mordants and results, about seasonality of the vegetation and how the botanical elements act at different times of the year. More of working together wherever we are… but for this I need your support.

As a self employed artist I have to fund my projects and all my work is self funded. I have made available some beautiful items available for you to purchase and some methods and courses for you to join… All are linked with the project and are available to purchase here.

This is an opened letter to all of you who have showed or are interested in The True Colour of the Cotinus project… (in other countries than the UK Smoke bush is the name used for the Cotinus plant). One single mass workshop experimentally launched in July 2020 as a quick online workshop live on zoom to help “stuck at home” “wanabee Eco-printers” has become such a great project. Since then dozens of eco-printers around the world have used this technique to not only create blue prints but connect with like minded creative minds around the world.

Eco-printers talk to each other from across time zones… collect Cotinus plants, share leaves… exchange home baking for leaves… some have produce beautiful work they have sold. So generating some income for themselves. That is such a great result for such a small leaf…

From any prints to blue prints it was only a quick jump… to print on paper to print on fabric… to liaising with over 500 now eco-printers, plant lovers, Cotinus collectors it has been so far a wonderful journey…

Now I want to go further… my plan for 2022 is to :

  • Organise a physical exhibition of the project showing how you can “connect” people from so many different time zones in a small yet very rewarding task as … “eco-printing the Cotinus leaves”, ideally with the Edinburgh Botanical garden.
  • Geo-localise the participants and establish a time line to show how the Cotinus can be printed blue the whole 365 days of a calendar year… preferably on a phone app.
  • Learn to extract pigment from the Cotinus leaves… blue pigment … I have seen it done it is feasible…
  • Educate many about the action of mordants in creating prints out of pigment/tannin and understand the chemical process.
  • May be write a manual of simple eco-printing.

And I need to raise funds… please see below my offer, and scroll further down to read why and how…

THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ONLINE METHOD TO PRINT BLUE ON FABRIC

This online web based instruction method will share with you how to generate blue prints from The Cotinus (Smoke bush) plant on fabric (silk and linen give the best results) This method is for you to keep access to for life and contains some video material. It will be sent to you by link within the day of purchase. You will also be invited to join The True Colour of the Cotinus Facebook group where you can share results and ask questions.

£25.00

PRICE THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ONLINE METHOD TO PRINT BLUE ON PAPER

This online web based instruction method will share with you how to generate blue prints from The Cotinus (Smoke bush) plant on fabric (silk and linen give the best results) This method is for you to keep access to for life and contains some video material. It will be sent to you by link within the day of purchase. You will also be invited to join The True Colour of the Cotinus Facebook group where you can share results and ask questions.

£25.00

A SET OF 4 BLANK limited edition COTINUS GREETING CARDS FOR UK DESPATCH

Cards will be despatched by Royal Mail the first week of December 2021. Postage is included in the price. Let me know if you want me to send those a different address by emailing me at bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com In this set of 4 cards you will find 4 unique images of prints made by Artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw in 2021 out of the Cotinus Grace and the Cotinus Purple Regina cultivated in her own urban garden in Glasgow Scotland. Detail about the project is detailed at the back of the card. Those will be a beautiful small present for a friend or family member. Those cards are printed in the UK on recycled board by a small local printing firm and wrapped in one unique recyclable film wrap.

£12.00

A SET OF 4 BLANK limited edition COTINUS GREETING CARDS FOR OVERSEAS DESPATCH

Cards will be despatched by Royal Mail the first week of December 2021. Postage is included in the price. Let me know if you want to gift/send those to a different address by email at bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com In this set of 4 cards you will find 4 unique images of prints made by Artist Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw in 2021 out of the Cotinus Grace and the Cotinus Purple Regina cultivated in her own urban garden in Glasgow Scotland. Detail about the project is detailed at the back of the card. Those will be a beautiful small present for a friend or family member. Those cards are printed on recycled board by a small local Uk printing firm. They are wrapped in one unique recyclable wrap.

£17.00

A 12 PAGES A4 SIZE limited edition COTINUS 2022 CALENDAR FOR UK DESPATCH

Calendar will only be printed and despatched if minimum order of 50 has been reached. Any unfulfilled orders will be fully refunded first week of December as way of advice. Despatched with Royal mail first week of December 2021. Let me know if you want it despatched to a different address by email on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com This is an A4 size calendar, featuring 12 pages (with unique images 15 x 15 cm on each page), Each page lists one line per each day/calendar together with previous and next planning month. The True Colour of the Cotinus project story is printed at the back together with links to online information. A great calendar to keep data on but also a lovely set of images to enjoy, keep and reuse. Printed on recycled board in the UK by a small local printer.

£20.00

A 12 PAGES A4 SIZE limited edition COTINUS 2022 CALENDAR FOR OVERSEAS DESPATCH

Calendar will only be printed and despatched if minimum order of 50 has been reached. Any unfulfilled orders will be fully refunded first week of December as way of advice. Despatched with Royal mail first week of December 2021. Let me know if you want it despatched to a different address by email on bettysbeautifullife@gmail.com This is an A4 size calendar, featuring 12 pages (with unique images 15 x 15 cm on each page), Each page lists one line per each day/calendar together with previous and next planning month. The True Colour of the Cotinus project story is printed at the back together with links to online information. A great calendar to keep data on but also a lovely set of images to enjoy, keep and reuse. Printed on recycled board in the UK by a small local printer.

£25.00

I will be setting up live a Crowdfunding within the next few days… where I will be asking for small contributions against a physical items… cards and calendars… or an experience… a talk … a live workshop… a self paced method.

As for all self employed artists, the crunch is to be able to afford the time to plan, organise, interact, create… while not generating any paid income. I believe in being self sufficient in all my project so I have created some work you can purchase from me to generate this income I need to get me in my next phase.

It is a bit old fashion as mentioned one of my Instagram Followers but I want to offer something small and beautiful. Something we can hand write on… so it is here below… a pack of delicious blank greeting cards of 4 of my very own unique Cotinus Eco-prints. And a calendar… 12 of my very own Cotinus Eco-prints. Each 15 cms square, big enough to illustrate the beautiful plant. They will be printed in a limited edition and only distributed for now via myself.

They will be despatched in the beginning of December because I need to make this a risk free venture. Only what has been ordered will be printed. This is not a commercial venture… it is fund raising done by an individual.

If you want to support me… if you want to be part of the project… if you want a beautiful item… order now:

You can however already order my own prints in a Greeting cards format or in a Calendar format… Delivery will be second week of December. I want to work in an organised way and only print what we have in order… You order will be placed via Paypal in the box below. The images used here are my own prints. They will be with you all year around …

I hope that you will be with me along the way… keeping all working.

I hope you will keep supporting me.

Best love.

Elisabeth