Blue Print and West end Eco Collaboration ! When Oxfam and the Glasgow Botanic become my work places !

Some people travel for work … I tend to do my best work close to home and let those who want to share come closer…

I will be running an Eco printing and Bookbinding in the glorious Kibble Palace next week end with Cassandra Barron Edinburgh bookbinder. For info look Here

I live and work in the West end of Glasgow, the Green Dear Place… only a few minutes away from The Byres road and its great Oxfam Book shop, and from the very well loved Botanical gardens. From time to time I work in collaboration with the Oxfam bookshop and demonstrate my creative techniques using material you can source there for pennies… I think it is a great idea just as you can cook from first principal from the content of your fridge… that you can be creative using recyclable material found in charity shops. So last week I spent two afternoons eco printing in Oxfam using old music sheets, old maps and loose pages of an old encyclopedia. This is what I will be teaching next sunday the 25th of March during my Eco printing and Bookbinding workshop at the Botanics, I am running this with Cassandra Barron a bookbinder from Edinburgh it will be much fun ! No many get to be creative in the Kibble palace:)

I like using a thick paper as a resist paper for my Eco prints… you never know sometimes the resist or what some call the blanket can be nicer than the actual print and in any case it adds some new colours in the bundle. I also like using a discharge cloth, I should explain that is a piece of fabric previously dyed, preferably with a natural dye but not fixed… so it runs if wet again and if you use one of those cloth in a bundle of prints you get a lovely leakage of dye within your prints. This past week I have been experimenting with naturally dyed cloths with Onion skins. My local green grocer has now the message that I only want onion skin from them and they have a little bag ready for me any time i pop in… But in this occasion I had pre-dyed some synthetic blue dye cloth and I had lying about some textured wall paper, Anaglypta type and I decided to use it as a resist paper. I do like a little experiment.

So here we go,

Blue cloth, recycled paper, lining and textured paper for resist, rehydrated leaves from last autumn, string, piping, cling film, ferrous sulphate mordant etc… and a good old fashion steamer.

Amazing result, with leaves blocking the blue dye in a perfect leaf shape, the texture of the textured wall paper blocking the blue and the print in an organised manner creating a pattern on the printing paper… great colours, what a day of sharing the lovely technique to the public. A great public, some came from far and some from around the corner. Many wanted to see the result and waited for the steam to be over, some went for coffee around the corner and came back in time. An elderly gentleman wanted a print so much that I ended up giving it to him… Many found it impossible to understand the process and were marvelled by it.

The Oxfam staff amazed of what beauty came out of those old pages…

But the story is not over… those results are now in the window of the Oxfam shop for all to see for a long week… Many should walk past and I hope the prints catches their eye because Cassandra and I are running an Eco printing and Bookbinding next week on the 25th of March in the glorious Kibble Palace and I hope a few more will join in the fun.  For details and bookings look Here

I love the “Botanics” its a great garden but its also a great family place to walk around… we have spent many years walking around the pound checking out the fish or trailing up to the back to find the swing park as well as watching the plants come alive in the Spring and dying in the Autumn. I have chosen the heated room in the Kibble palace to run my workshop and I hope course goers will love it.

It will run from 11 to 4 and we will be collecting leaves then print them on paper before stitching a book out of them. I hope you can make it !

Have a great week end.

Betty xx

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