Making Ink From Plants: an introduction to natural ink making with artist Emily Tareila
In this three hour workshop, join artist Emily Tareila to make natural, water-based inks from plants to create local, seasonal color. We'll learn about some histories of natural color, think about our own relationship to color and prep, cook and process four different inks. We'll also experiment with different additives, such as mordants, to create multiple colors and variations from the same plant. At the end of this workshop, participants will receive ink samples, printed resources for future use, and postcard takeaways. Sample plants include goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace, carrot tops, onion skin, and red cabbage, including plants gathered from the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.
Please bring your favorite watercolor brushes if you have them and four, jam-sized glass jars with lids. We will provide brushes and jars if you need! If you have accessibility concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. Children aged 12+ with adult accompaniment welcome.
Emily Tareila is an artist, educator and facilitator based in Montague, Massachusetts. She is compelled by the ideal conditions individuals and communities need to make, learn, be curious and engage meaningfully in/with the world. Her work often takes the forms of workshops, gatherings, meals, events and writing, enacting practices in sustainability, well-being and lifelong learning. Emily was a Google Artist in Residence in 2019, artist-in-residence at UMass-Amherst’s College of Natural Sciences, has contributed to the collective BFAMFAPhD, and shown in spaces such as Nook Gallery in Oakland, CA, among others.
She received a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The cost is $100 for the workshop which includes a $15 materials fee. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to sign up or if you have any questions.