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The Cotinus (smoke tree) is a shrub or small tree that grows in the warm temperate Northern Hemisphere. The leaves are deciduous and a big favourite of the botanical printers. It has a strong tannin content and always offers a great print to those using it on both paper and fabric. There was a Cotinus Grace in the gardens of The House of an Art Lover in Glasgow (Scotland) and it is one of the first leaves I ever eco-printed years ago. I remember using just a ferrous bath and getting a strong reddish print on my Art paper. I was shocked by the strength of the print. That was before … then I learned a lot about mordants and techniques …
I am a natural dyer and a botanical printer and my focus is always on the process. Day in and day out I test, research, read, learn and push the boat of my knowledge. What if is my moto… and I teach others locally in day workshops what I have found, my latest process. That is until March 2020 when the Covid pandemic kicked in…. As many self employed artists relying on physical workshops my world changed and I found myself out of a job. Online had never attracted me because I like interaction with my students but in March 2020 I heard about Zoom… Teaching live online… I could not be that difficult.. I switched on my lap top and decided to give this a go… What a dilemna, I had so much knowledge to pass on and no contact with students who were stuck at home in lockdown…. Online live on zoom became my daily routine and I shared details of my new botanical printing classes … To the World… and students… booked… not just from Glasgow or even Scotland, they booked from Belgium, the USA, Hongkong, Thailand, Australia and so on… I like it a lot.
In May 2020 I decided to teach a one off class online, botanical printing with the Cotinus leaves, I wanted to connect with many, I offered a short class but offered to many … 25 participants … the spaces filled up so fast… I increased to 50 and again within a few days the spaces were all taken so I took a big breath and opened the remnant 50 spaces… A 100 spaces workshop… what a dream, students from all over the world all eco-printing together the one leave … how exciting would this be. And the spaces filled up… two years later there is a group of over 500 participants from all over the world have taken part and has shown us how connected and resilient we could be in time of Covid.
In Septembre 2022 we will have a celebration in the Glasgow Botanical Garden and an exhibition about The Cotinus project. Because of Covid we need you to book a “FREE” space if you want to visit, please use the link below to do so.
If you want part of The Cotinus family join us either for one of the workshops or order the PDF for a self paced methods. Either or you will be able to join our FB group.
THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS MASTERCLASS – THE GLASGOW BOTANICAL GARDEN
9th of Septembre 2022. Day Masterclass in Botanical Printing of The True Colour of the Cotinus project on fabric, paper and pigment extraction. This is a in person event. This is a very special event linked with the exhibition of the project in the following week end. Spaces will be limited to 15 participants and there will only be one class
THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS EXHIBITION IN GLASGOW:
A free two days exhibition of the beautiful art work generated during True Colour of the Cotinus workshops and some sharing of digital connections between participants.
This exhibition is free but booking is recommended in the contact of the ongoing Covid pandemic. It is possible that closer to the time we have to suggest a visiting time to all participants.
THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ON PAPER – SELF PACED METHOD (NO LIVE)
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.
THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ON FABRIC – SELF PACED METHOD (NO LIVE SESSIONS)
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.
THE TRUE COLOUR OF THE COTINUS ONLINE LIVE WORKSHOP 22nd May 2022
Workshop on the 22nd of May at 4pm UK time. An online live workshop the first one of 2022 with 100 participants aiming to reach the most beautiful blue from our Cotinus leaves this time focussing on pigment and tannins used. Access to a support group on FB and instructions as well as the replay video of the event for those in different time zones.
A SET OF 4 BLANK limited edition COTINUS GREETING CARDS FOR UK DESPATCH
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.