Botanical Contact Printing Workshop: A Summer Bookmaking Intensive

Note: this class is fully booked.
If you wish to be placed on our waitlist, contact Janet Eden: [email protected]

We will learn natural printing techniques using locally foraged or found plant materials such as leaves, flowers, and seeds. The class will provide basic knowledge of botanical contact printing (also called eco-printing) on paper and textiles, focusing on materials that can be incorporated into bookmaking and book art.

You will learn how to achieve the best possible print outcome, including how to prepare the materials, how and when to use mordants, and how to select the most appropriate plants for the process. We will also learn how to convert printed fabrics into book cloth. Samples, notes, and recipes will be assembled into a simple hand-bound book during the class.

About the instructor:
Lotta Helleberg is a Swedish-born artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more than a decade, Helleberg has experimented with textile printmaking and most recently focused on eco-printing, relief processes, and local plant-based dyes to render works that both document and celebrate her immediate surroundings.
Weblink to artist’s site

Botanical Contact Printing Workshop: A Summer Bookmaking Intensive
 Saturday & Sunday, June 30 & July 1, 2018 (9:00 AM–5:00 PM)
Instructor: Lotta Helleberg
Class Size: 8 participants
Location: Workshop held at the artist’s studio, Charlottesville, VA
Course Fee: $300 VABC members – $350 non-members (all fees include materials)
*UVa Education Benefit Eligible, non-degree certification class #073018 (must use nonmember price).

To register for this class contact Janet Eden: [email protected].

In order complete registration and assure your place in the class payment must be received no later than May 15, 2017.
After that date, all unpaid registrations will be offered to those on our waitlist.


Workshop fee is paid by check (made out to VFH) and sent to:
Kevin McFadden
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629

(Please note “VABC Botanical Printing 2018” on the remarks line and include your eMail address if this is your first class at the VABC)

Event Details

Saturday & Sunday - June 30 & July 1, 2018
at artist’s studio, Charlottesville
Lotta Helleberg
$300 members – $350 non-members