Botanical Printing Workshop

Anoushka Cole will be running a botanical print workshop as part of the Circular Catalysts exhibition at Centrala. The workshop will take inspiration from the activities Anoushka undertook during her residency in Campulung Muscel, Romania with the Pro Patrimonio Foundation in early 2023. During the workshop we will explore different methods of botanical printing. Firstly working with Hapazome printing – we will explore extracting natural colour directly from plants and flowers with a hammering technique. We will also work with block printing – a traditional technique of transferring imagery onto fabric to create repeat patterns. We will hand carve motifs onto Lino, drawing inspiration from foraged plants and flowers, which will then be printed onto fabric bags for you to take away.

Anoushka Cole is an artist, maker and material researcher. Her process based practice uses raw materials and her research has key themes of sustainability and resource use. Anoushka’s previous experience and education in Textiles and Material Futures informs her material investigations to create work that explores both the urban and rural landscape. Working from her London based studio this often means harnessing accessible waste streams to create her own materials and develop plant based dyes and earth pigments for both relief and screen printing. Her hands on research aims to build more resilient making knowledge, regaining a bond to the earth. This process driven exploration is site specific and reflects the physical environment that each project is situated in.

Circular Catalysts residency:

In March 2023 Anoushka travelled to Romania to take part in the Circular Catalysts residency alongside collaborators Andreea Machidon and Ruxandra Sacalis of the Pro Partrimonio Foundation. Spending a week at Golescu Villa in Campulung Muscel, Anoushka explored rural Romanian textile craft, visiting key textile practitioners working in the area. The experience highlighted the value of traditional and local making knowledge, demonstrating the resilience of rural communities and artisans. By exchanging stories and visually memorised making techniques the three collaborators explored local resources in order to create textile products that narrated there time together. Walking in the hills of Campulung they foraged for local flora and dye plants, guided by local expert Selena. Sharing plant dye knowledge with one another, they built a library of samples and materials that documented the week.