Taking a leaf from nature

00:01, Jan 09 2013
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ART ATTIRE: India Flint wearing an eco-dyed garment imprinted  using gum leaves.

Internationally renowned textile artist and author India Flint will return to Nelson shortly to run a workshop, Wayfarers Wanderbook and Windfall Cloth, which explores her innovative eco-printing techniques, as Judith Ritchie reports.

Learning to make marks on fabric using natural materials such as eucalyptus leaves and even old rusty metals has become very popular worldwide, as well as with locals in Nelson.

This month a five-day workshop tutored by textile artist India Flint, will enable participants to explore eco-printing techniques, with many dye materials found in home gardens or from recycled items.

Flint has been working with plant dyes for years and has developed a range of techniques based on her passionately held concerns about the environment and the dangers of chemical residues.

The Australian-based artist, author of Eco Colour and Second Skin, runs workshops worldwide. Flint is represented in collections in museums in Australia, Latvia and Germany and has exhibited at galleries all around the world.

"It's an honour to have an artist of India's calibre running a workshop here," says local artist Judy Keylock, who is hosting the five-day workshop at her Lud Valley home.


"India's treasure trove of experience has been a big influence on many textile artists here in Nelson who use her eco dyeing techniques," she says.

"India's techniques have also been used at Maitai School - resulting in the successful exhibition Transformations at the Suter Gallery in 2011.

"Hira School and Kindy have also benefited from art-based projects based on India's teaching and books."

Keylock says the workshop is for all ages, encouraging young artists and textile enthusiasts as well as more experienced people to come along and indulge in this hands-on course.