Ground control with Irit Dulman

Edited to add: This post has been edited to remove all references to techniques, images of work that isn’t mine, and images of other workshop participants. Huge apologies to anyone I have upset or offended – it was not my intention. 😦

Last week I headed back to the wonderful Atelier Fiberfusing run by Dorie van Dijk, just outside Amsterdam. I love the space and relaxed atmosphere (as well as the food) that Dorie has created here.

Previous workshops I’ve attended here have been with felters Andrea Graham and Lisa Klakulak. This time I was there for a workshop with Irit Dulman, one of the leading experts in ecoprinting with natural dyes.

Here are some of the results I achieved over the four days.

first bundles result
Bundles unwrapped
Peony leaves gave good colour without further treatment
Peony leaves on silk
Geranium and rhus leaves reacted well with iron
Geranium and rhus leaves on cotton
Geranium and eucalyptus leaves on silk
Geranium and eucalyptus leaves on silk
Cow parsley on silk
Cow parsley on silk
Eucalyptus buds
Eucalyptus buds on silk
Cowparsley print overdyed with weld
Cowparsley print on silk
After overdyeing with madder
Silk top printed with sumac leaves
negative 1
Gingko leaves and grasses on silk

We covered an awful lot in four days – all in all, a fantastic workshop that has motivated me to continue experimenting and make more of natural dyes in combination with ecoprinting!

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Flextiles uses shibori, ecoprinting and felting to create original, one-off upcycled pieces. Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.

21 thoughts on “Ground control with Irit Dulman”

  1. I was there the next class too ! Came back on the plane with fingers filthy from dyes – I looked like a mechanic . We had a great four days – just like you 🙂

    1. Ah yes – we were all complaining about how dry our hands were as well, from the iron presumably. Took forever to get rid of the black. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it too!

  2. WOW! What an amazing workshop that looks – you must be very happy with the quality and variety of what you’ve produced as well as the knowledge that you’ve gained! I particularly like the peony leaf!

  3. Those look like terrific pieces of work Kim. Amazing the different colours that come out of the leaves, and the effect of the addition of the tannin and iron is intriguing.

    1. Thanks Avril, though as I said to Plum, not all of them are mine. The chemistry is certainly intriguing – and even more unpredictable than indigo! 🙂

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful time and learned lots! I bet it has really increased your enthusiasm for this type of eco printing. Have fun with your further experiments. 🙂

  5. Really pity that all interesting stuff has been removed from the post:( A month ago I have been excluded from The Printing nature group, as I did not want to open all details of my innovative technique (which I call DUOprint). Here seems to be the other extreme:) Guys, PLEASE, write down at least, which plants have you used, which fabric and which mordant…if you respect us readers. It is not state top secret, is it?

  6. Hello, thanks for your article! really nice! the Silk top printed with sumac leaves was bundle and then dyed? i’m surprised about the clear shape of the leaves and the clear color of the background!

    1. Hello Manon,

      The silk top was printed with sumac leaves first, then dyed with madder. Sumac contains a lot of tannin so gives great prints – one of my favourite leaves for printing! You can see some more printing with sumac in this post.


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