Cliff Davies was our guest for the evening on Thursday 28 April at our members’ meeting at the Athenaeum. He gave us an extremely interesting demonstration of the art of “eco-printing”. The effects he achieves and how he goes about the whole process was quite fascinating.
Cliff starts by collecting a variety of pieces of foliage, flowers, seeds, grasses, .etc – in fact any interesting plant material he can lay his hands on. He then places these between heavy sheets of watercolour paper, which he piles about twenty deep, then presses together between two pieces of board, tied tightly together with cable ties.
This bundle is then submerged in water – preferably pond, not tap, to encourage the growth of algae and other microorganisms – where it stays for about a week. Cliff adds bits of iron, lead and other metals, to help create different effects.
Once in the water the whole process is out of his control and the end results are only revealed once the parcel is unwrapped.
A wonderful process, full of “happy accidents”, as we were shown when he unwrapped a batch he’d prepared the week before.
A truly captivating evening, full of exciting new ideas to play with and explore. Thank you Cliff.