Thursday, June 9, 2011

Squam: Botanical Printing

printing group shot
And then there was sunshiney Saturday morning. It was my fourth time teaching Botanical Printing at Squam, but my first time teaching it in only three hours instead of the usual six... and with so many participants. To accommodate everyone, the class was held in the Playhouse. I was only familiar with it at night, since it's the hub of all evening events. I went to sleep worrying about lighting, but Saturday dawned with the most sun we'd seen all week. Yay! The staff were busy setting up tables when I arrived and I began to relax... and then to get excited... what a space!! Holy Smokes! It's a barn!!! Or at least that's what it felt like.
printing in the Playhouse
We had a fire going early on, but then pulled open the awnings for light to flood in. Fabulous. The fire was kept going as an aid to dry paint, rather than for warmth. I sent folks foraging for plant inspiration and solitude so the space was often only half full. Isn't this awesome?
printing- open air
This is a workshop that traditionally has pushed the buttons of self doubt in individuals who question their drawing abilities. I always state that there is no experience needed, but some still feel hesitancy. This particular group didn't waver. I might know why. Do you remember my 15 minute exercise? There was a similar energy of diving in, since our time frame was small. Instead of limiting, it seemed to expand courage. So good to know... and now I'm scheming how to capture that feeling to incorporate  into future all day classes.
printing and jill
Above is Jill Draper, who assisted me to make the morning run smoothly and is as fabulous as her cheekbones are gorgeous! Yes, it was another day of beautiful work with incredibly talented and dynamic women! Click on the top group shot to take you to flickr to enlarge the photo and check out their prints in more detail.
printing- shooting

printing work
There is a  quiet, contemplative hush that happens when folks begin cutting. Using a blade slows you down and centers you. It had meditative qualities, therefore everyone seemed extremely peaceful in between how fun it was to peel back their stencil for the "big reveal".
printing a onesie

printing a new onesie
There is now a tradition of printed tiny clothing on a radiant, rocking-chaired expectant mama. Here's last year's shot.You know I LOVE that! Meanwhile, Jess and Casey (Ravelry), who had been in my printing class 2010 were homebound for the first Squam ever. Jess was due that weekend, so they channeled Squam energy by printing onesies. Go Jess and Casey!
squam 2011 squirrel
Another day slipped by filled with a lot of joy, and I couldn't be more grateful. Thank you Botanical Printers! Pin It


  1. Wow! What a fantastic venue to work in, SO inspiring!
    They all make it looks so easy, maybe I should finally give printing a try?!
    Thank you for sharing your photos Maya!
    ~ joey ~

  2. Thanks for such a wonderful class. I absolutely loved it!

  3. What fun! Do you use a specific kind of fabric paint for your printing?

  4. I recommend Jacquard Textile paint. It's affordable, prints beautifully, and mixes well. You can get it at some local craft/sewing stores or online at Dharma Trading Co.

  5. Elpinoine- Thank YOU! I has a wonderful time, too.

  6. Found freezer paper on my way back home. Will make botanical printings with my lovely daughters soon, thanks for everything!
    Dominique xx

  7. Looks like a wonderful class. I'm sure it was!

  8. Sheesh you guys are lucky, workshop looks wonderful, the barn looks amazing and all those lovely people. I am jealous, sitting here too far from you to attend :((

  9. These projects are SO beautiful! I really want to give printing a try!

  10. Wow, that looks like so much fun!!! The photos are so inspiring---beautiful images. I wish it was near me...

    After reading your post, I did a little googling & raveling and found Jill Draper's pattern for her wonderful (yellow) head band she's wearing--- Must It Make Now!!... :-)

  11. I absolutely loved it! These projects are so beautiful!

    Silver MLM

  12. What a lovely post Maya! So much fun to remember and to see us all.
    When you have a second, please take a look at my Wednesday post - you're in it:

    Keep up the great work!

  13. Dear Maja,
    I've been silently following your blog for quite a while now.

    I'm so happy for you that you were able to attend the SQUAM 2011. Your pictures are so wonderful!!

    Do you mind, if I take 2 or 3 to introduce the idea of SQUAM to my German readers?

    Cheers, Sindy

  14. Please do share Squam in Germany, Sindy! There are always a few that trek across the ocean and it would be wonderful to have some friends from Germany!