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Natural Pigment Production

 Handbound Book

Handbound Book

In this workshop you will be learning the fundementals of pigment gathering and the production of botanical based inks and mineral based paints. There will be dialogue around how these processes are integrated within our studio practices and how we exist in relationship with the natural world.

We will start day 1 with a guided walk through Stanley Park to point out various plants and materials that can be used for artist materials. (Note: we will be working with pre-harvested materials, and will not be harvesting from within the park)

On day 2 we will be working with plants and minerals that have been harvested from within our landbase. We will learn the processes of botanical ink production, mineral based gouache and oil paints. There will also instruction on ecoprinting papers and fabrics.

On day 3 we will be exploring mark making using our paints and inks from day 2, working in both micro and macro scales. We will also be exploring the use of cyanotypes using found materials to create work.

 Work by Genevieve

Work by Genevieve


Each student will leave with a body of work from the weekend, a set of botanical inks in amber bottles, a hand bound book that will be used throughout the workshop, and a set of mineral paints.

Friday July 21. 1-5pm

Saturday July 22. 1-5pm

Sunday July 23. 1-4pm

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Caitlin ffrench and Genevieve Robertson

Organizer of Natural Pigment Production

Caitlin ffrench is a textile artist working in East Vancouver (unceded Coast Salish Territories) She regularly teaches workshops in different applications of textile arts and natural dyes, is a knitwear designer, and tries to spend as much time as she can outside. Caitlin received a BFA from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and she attended the Kootenay School of the Arts for their textile program. 

Genevieve Robertson’s drawing-based interdisciplinary practice explores the material aroundthe body and under the feet: water, oil, wind, silt, flora, fauna and mineral. Her drawings map a visceral and long term engagement with place and often occupy the edge: the interstice between micro and macro, biology and geology, stability and flow. Through recent research in the Salish Sea region and the Fraser and Columbia rivers, she has engaged with the complexities that emerge when relating to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation. Her work is informed by a personal and intergenerational history of resource labor in remote forestry camps on the West Coast of British Columbia. Genevieve holds an MAA from Emily Carr University and a BFA from NSCAD University. She is a part time instructor at Emily Carr University.