Hauser and Wirth Somerset


Eco printing on cotton

At the end of May I shall be holding a one day workshop at the inspirational Hauser and Wirth gallery and garden in Bruton, Somerset. 

This workshop draws on my passion for textiles, love of nature and working sustainably. I shall be fusing knowledge and experience of working with ao textiles together with some explorations in experimental marbling.


27 MAY 2016, 10 AM – 4 PM

This one-day workshop marks the first of our new series of garden talks, demonstrations and practical classes celebrating the Spring / Summer season at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Using Oudolf Field and the surrounding countryside as inspiration, the session will explore eco printing, natural dyeing and Japanese Suminagashi marbling techniques on fabric.

Led by Emma D’Arcey, the day will begin with eco printing, a technique whereby plants and leaves are directly applied to natural fabrics forming beautiful one-off abstract prints, as well as introducing different methods of natural dyeing and experimental marbling techniques. As a true reflection of nature, eco printing is a one-off process that doesn’t focus on a strict replication of results. Stunning leaf imprints and unusual colour combinations can be achieved. It is interesting to note that different pigments concentrate in various parts of a plant according to the seasonality of the year. In this workshop we will focus on Spring leaves and flowers foraged from the landscape surrounding and beyond Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

By the end of the session you will have your own selection of natural printing and dyeing experiments, that can either be used directly for other textile applications (e.g. quilting or patchwork) or as inspiration to develop further. Please feel free to bring along any leaves or flowers that you would particularly like to work with.

Tickets are £90 per person and include lunch at the Roth Bar & Grill.


Emma D'Arcey