Eco-printing is a technique of making plants - leaves and flowers - leave their shapes and marks, using the natural pigments, tannins and acids present in plants, combining them with mordants. Plants are boiled or steamed bundled inside of rolled textile to realise the plant natural pigment onto the fabric.
This contact printing method requires to place every plant by hand and that is way each piece is one of kind and it so hard to repeat. Then, the textile, with the botanicals inside, is tightly rolled around a pipe and steamed or boiled in a pot of water for a long time. The heat releases the pigment out of the plant, colouring the textile in unique, not repeated way.
I use natural dyeing to colour the background and after that do plants contact printing. Sometimes I print the plants first and then dye the background. This art process is full of creativity.
By printing the natural shapes of flowers, leaves and grasses, we immortalize the fascinating perfection of nature.