made from nature, compostable when outlived, handmade
"Roots" is a series of screenprints. Screenprinting is one of the oldest methods of printmaking.
It allows to producing editions, multiple originals.
They are completely natural, compostable when outlived.
I made the paints myself from plants, vegetables and ground.
A video on how this series was made, on the foraging, the paint making and the rooting:
For more words on the making process, scroll down this page.
Every screenprint is handmade, an original, A6 size.
Every vegetable has an edition of around 25 screenprints, all slightly different, as individuals are.
You get to see some variations in the pictures.
These screenprints are made from nature and can be composted when outlived.
The paints are made from: charcoal, ashes, chalk, ocher loam, alder cones, acorns, onion skin, garlic skin, willow bark, avocado seeds, rust, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, rice flour and water.
All ingrediensts are farmed organically or foraged in natural places.
This series is handmade, screen printed in two phases on wet paper, dried in presses. Ingredients for the paints were foraged and gathered, then ground to dust, or cooked to their purest colour substance.
The stamp on the back is made from charcoal, arabic gum (the sap of an acacia tree), water and organic honey.
The paper used is a 265gsm Hahnemühle natural white paper consisting of bamboo and a bit of cotton rag.
Nature is ever changing, so are the colours, mixing and flowing as the printing process continues. Hence, imperfections occur, as they are part of the process.
As a result no two carrots or onions are the same. The screenprints have a texture and a grain from the materials used.
If you send a screenprint to a loved one, this might go along with sharing seeds - seeds of radishes or seeds growing out to insights.
If you want to write some words on the back of a screenprint, to keep its compostable nature, I would suggest you this.
Make yourself a strong coffee, take a cup, pour just a little bit in another cup. Dip your dipping pen in it and hence you are writing with your own coffee ink.
If you have no dipping pen, take a walk, you might find a bird feather, or a straw, that you can use as a dipping pen.
If you are not a coffee drinker, rasp a red beet, add a bit of salt, stir, wait a little, squeeze a bit of it in a cup and you have your red beet ink at hand. In this way the cards will keep their compostable nature.
A video on how the screenprints were made,
on the foraging, the paint making and the rooting:
Thanks to my dear mama Marijke,
the keeper of this wonderful world of the vegetable garden`and for sharing her experience on dyeing with plants.
Thanks to Nick Neddo,
author of "The organic Artist", for sharing his honey ink method, charcoal ink, coffee ink & red beet ink.
Thanks to Jason Logan,
author of "Make ink, a foragers guide to ink making", for sharing his journey on making inks.