Introduction to Botanical Eco-Printing on Textile with artist Dani Song

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Introduction to Botanical Eco-Printing on Textile with artist Dani Song

Saturday, July 13, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Before the invention of chemical dyes, how did people color their fabric? People used organic materials such as plants, insects, and natural minerals to create multitudes of colors. These natural hues not only reflected the tradition of craftsmanship, but also the local environment’s rich resources.

Eco-printing is a natural dyeing technique where plants are used to “print” on fabric. Local botanical materials like leaves and flowers are gathered, then arranged on the fabric, bundled, and steamed, transferring their colors to create watercolor-like images on fiber. In this workshop, each participant will be shown how to create their own eco-print on fabric.

Portions of each attendee’s printed fabric will be collected to create a single community artwork titled “We Are What We Grow,” celebrating the biodiversity of local plant life and the rich cultural tapestry of Queens. Completed artwork will be on display at the Queens Botanical Garden for a two week long exhibition.

Dani C. Song is a Queens based artist. With the support of QBG, she has been cultivating a dye flower garden at the QBG in preparation for eco-printing workshops.

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

Advance registration is required. All materials will be provided.



Saturday, July 13
11:00 am to 1:00 pm


Queens Botanical Garden


Queens Botanical Garden
4350 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
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