Botanical Printing

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August 26th, 2023 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Dorothy Yuki
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $315

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

The artistic possibilities found in nature are endless. In this course students will explore different organic techniques like onion and iron solutions to turn found pieces of flora into prints on paper. Each technique will have different results and with instructor guidance students will study the use of mordants, baths, steaming and simmering with lots of leaves, flowers, and other plant parts.

At the end of the first day, each student will have created a stack of eco prints full of artistic potential. Leaving the prints to dry overnight, on the second day the instructor will demonstrate how to use these prints to create simple books, boxes, cards and other paper art. Students will leave with a useful handout and numerous eco-printed goodies to share with family and friends.

Students should be willing to get stains!

This workshop previously ran under the name "Eco Printing."

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: Optional: Any pressed plants you would like to use in the eco printing processes to be demonstrated. If you have a botanical or special paper to experiment, bring it along.

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2023 :: 9:30am-4:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Dorothy Yuki (she/her)

Dorothy studied to be something other than an artist. She began as a fashion designer immediately after college but soon she became a partner of a manufacturing company, In Good Company, in 1965. She designed and manufactured kitchen soft goods and linens. The company was sold in 1976 and she became a Consultant to the Fashion Industry by request of the then President, Leonard Joseph. As a production and design consultant, she worked with many identity and music production companies, as well as new startups.
Now in her 80s and living in San Francisco, she is engaged in many volunteer activities, Ruth’s Table, Artseed, SCRAP-SF, San Francisco Center for the Book, and FabMo. She also mentored at Bay High School in their Senior Program. She was past President of Friends of Calligraphy and has been a Master Educator for the Macy’s Fashion Incubator San Francisco.
She still has the time to do ‘art’ and has worked on projects for MMOCA, Flax Art and Design, Kalligraphia, Ruth’s Table, FabMo and SCRAP-SF. She is a recipient of Honorable Mentions for her artwork at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art Altered Book Show 2014 and 2015. She is also busy helping her two daughters care for her four grandchildren. To find out more about Dorothy's work, visit her blog

Past Student Reviews: 

“The best workshop I’ve taken.”

"Dorothy was so kind, patient, friendly, and energetic. She was a joy to learn from and the workshop flew by!"

"Dorothy gave a masterclass in botanical printing. She clearly has a depth of knowledge and explained each step of the printing process clearly. She brought in so many different plants for us to print with and really appreciate her sharing her passion with us. Grateful for the creative, hands-on workshop and how much energy she brought to the workshop!"

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States