Wendy will present an overview of making inks from local plants, some basic recipes, examples of botanical inks used in her art and Artist Books and references for further exploration.
After the presentation, participants are invited to a Q and A, to try the palette of inks hands-on and to a ‘show and tell’ about her art.
A handout about using botanical inks on paper and textiles will be provided. English adult event. Registration required as space is limited.
Wendy lives in Ottawa in the boreal eco zone. She creates painted, printed and stitched art textiles, papers and artist books on mostly botanical themes. Her work is inspired by the beautiful landscapes and plant life, both wild and cultivated, of this rugged region of Canada. "Working with nature as a gardener and as an artist is one of my life’s chief constants and consolations. My printed and stitched textiles and papers, like scrolls, become botanical records of plants and their environments in every season." Her basic method is to print and stitch on textiles and papers, embroidering by hand and machine with the intention to build up layers of coloured marks to express feeling and concept with line, colour and texture.
As well as painting marks on substrates with acrylics or natural dyes, she uses eco printing, a monotype process that applies pigments from plants, soils and minerals directly from plants onto natural fibers. Printing and dyeing with native plants from her garden and foraged from the local environment have become Wendy's special interest. She has published internationally about eco printing, gives occasional classes and presentations and document all aspects of her art adventures in her blog “Threadborne" Instagram @wendy_feldberg West End Studio Tour Ottawa Art Gallery www.oaggao.ca/galerie-annexe