Botanical Notecard Class: Printing with Plants!

I taught my first Botanical Notecards Class this week at Minnetonka Community Education and it was such a wonderful experience! Five of us sat around a table, playing with plants and inks, stamping on notecards and talking about being creative. I learned this process from two books, Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials by Laura Donnelly Bethmann and Lotta Prints by Lotta Jansdotter, my new favorite artist/designer. It is a simple, beautiful process that can be used to make stationary, curtains, pillowcases, napkins, dish towels, clothing...so many possibilities! I'll be teaching another one of these classes at Artistry in Bloomington, Minnesota, if you're in the Twin Cities and want to learn!

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Sun Print Cyanotype & Nature Printing Classes at Minneapolis Institute of Art!

I got to lead two sun print cyanotype classes and a nature printing class at the Minneapolis Institute of Art over the last month and they were so much fun! I got to teach kids and adults these two creative processes at Family Day and Third Thursday. We got to be outside for the first one and inside for the second because of rain but that just meant we got to play with some UV light boxes instead of the sun! It was great to see everyone get creative and play. 

Mia Sun Print Cyanotype Class with Emma Freeman
Mia Sun Print Cyanotype Class with Emma Freeman
Mia Sun Print Cyanotype Class with Emma Freeman

I Got My First Art Grant!

I'm so excited to share that I received my first art grant from The Pillsbury House and Theatre in Minneapolis! It's called Art Blocks and there are a lot of amazing artists doing all kinds of projects within the neighborhoods of Minneapolis. In collaboration with the incredible program, Plant-Grow-Share who I volunteered with last summer, I'm going to be teaching a free sun print cyanotype class this Saturday, August 20th at Hosmer Community Garden. Plant-Grow-Share will have their Little Free Farmers Market set up for folks to come and take free organic produce home with them. I'll be there to guide people through the process of making a sun print cyanotype from something in the garden! I love sharing this beautiful process with others and watching their curiosity and excitement when they see the results. My intention is to help folks notice and celebrate to the beauty, patterns, textures and colors in our yards and gardens and open up a new creative outlet! I'll share some photos from the experience shortly afterwards.