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Making Inks from Garden-Grown or Foraged Plants with Wendy Feldberg

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Making your own non-toxic, natural art materials using local/regional plants for work in visual arts, textile arts, calligraphy, book arts

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This workshop explores making your own non-toxic and natural art materials using local/regional plants for work in the visual arts, textile arts, calligraphy and the book arts. Wendy writes, “In my own current work, I am using plant inks for work on paper and textiles either alone or in mixed media applications, including new explorations of mineral and earth based colours. I have made it a goal to use local and regional plants for the colours they offer so, unlike the commercial makers of synthetic paints, I choose work within a relatively restricted ink palette with nods to historical colour ranges. My work with making natural inks has grown out another of my interests: a genre of direct or contact printing with plants now commonly referred to as ecoprinting. This is a direct process (very straightforward, not at all arcane!) which extracts plant colours and causes the plants to print their forms on papers or textiles.”

Wendy Feldberg is a local mixed media artist now interested in natural materials for art. She works mainly with papers and textiles, painting and printing with plant dyes in various applications, including embroidered surfaces and artists' books. She grows and forages the plants she uses for art. Her work has been shown in many local galleries including the Ottawa Art Gallery as well as in Toronto and the UK. Some of her pieces are in the Permanent Collection of the City of Ottawa.

Registrants for this free event will receive a zoom address to connect.

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This is one of a series of 14 free, unique online sessions in the arts featuring some of Ottawa-Gatineau region’s top professionals. From visual arts and ceramics to creative movement, screenwriting, instrumental music, voice and dramatic arts, these individual sessions are helping meet the clear hunger for inspired virtual connection as the pandemic enters its second year.

“These sessions represent a win-win of sorts, pairing up local arts workers – who have been deeply impacted by not being able to work in traditional venues – with members of the community who, while following the stay-at-home protocols, can still be enlightened and pursue their love of learning through the various artistic disciplines being offered,” says David Globerman, who coordinates the Supporting Cast team at PAL Ottawa, a local charity dedicated to providing affordable housing and supports to senior arts workers in the National Capital Region.

The free programming runs twice a week from February 3 to March 31, Wednesday afternoons at 2 pm and Saturday evenings at 7 pm. They will be recorded and shared later on the PAL Ottawa Youtube channel for those unable to attend the sessions in real time.

A complete schedule and details of courses, along with registration details, is at palottawa.org

This series is produced with the generous support of Employment and Social Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program

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