Natural dyes, eco printing and shibori

I am pleased to present my work in natural dyes, eco printing, shibori, and stencil techniques. My work is created on mainly upcycled fabrics: damask linen and cotton. I also occasionally use silk. I like to combine these techniques on a single piece, most times resulting in an interesting and very original fabric!

My newest work in Eco print technique

Although I have incorporated Eco printing in my work before, it was an additional technique that I used to enhance my fabrics.

Currently, while we are still in “leaf season” (late Autumn, here in Canada), I am able to focus on this process daily.

I am primarily using leaves from my garden, as they are highly printable. These include: tulip tree, cotinus, locust, plum, cherry, apple, rose, dogwood and others.

In this process, I also use mordants such as alum, copper sulphate and ferrous sulphate. And tannins- oak gall, tea, pomegranate, cutch.

A brief explanation of the eco printing method is described here:

https://maijazemitis.com/eco-printing-or-botanical-printing/

Below are some examples of fabrics with combinations of natural dyeing, eco printing, stencilling and/or shibori techniques

For many years, my dedication was to printmaking: intaglio, silkscreen and lithography

I studied at Montreal Museum of Fine Art, School of Art & Design and later went on to study Fine Art and Art Education, at University. My main interest, at the time was silkscreen printing. This was done on paper, in very small runs of 25 prints.

After my University studies, I returned to Ontario. In Toronto, I took a course in Surface Design at OCA.

The printing on fabric was done with silkscreen technique, a natural for me

However, at the time I didn’t pursue this direction. Instead, I switched to Airbrush, using water based paint. Eventually, I began painting on fabric and loved it.

During my student years, I worked part time and most summers as a Window Dresser, primarily in womens’ fashion. Funny how all things are connected eventually!