Natural Colours and Block Printing

As fall transcends and proudly displays its beautiful array of colours, the Natural Crafts group worked in tandem with mother nature and took inspiration from her various hues.
On Saturday, 23rd September at Cody Dock, the children and parents experimented with natural colours, beetroot pulp, turmeric powder, coffee, coal, curry powder to create various patterns, freehand and with some exquisitely carved blocks from India.
Leading our eco-printing session on Saturday was an Italian artist, Elisa Latini (https://www.facebook.com/Il-Camaleonte-Associazione-Artisti…) who told the children about how artists in the past used to create their colour palette out of common food items, so each and every artist and his or her own unique colour palette!


Elisa also demonstrated the process of eco printing on paper, by pressing flowers between sheets of paper and steaming it, resulting in patterns and colours from the pigments present in them. Elisa shared that various flowers and leaves release more or less pigment, depending on the season of bloom and fruiting. The group got some great insights on the technique of eco-printing and tips on ensuring success, if this activity were to be repeated.

Our cooking activity around the fire pit was also an eclectic mix of colours and aromas. The group put in a lot of effort to make “vegetable pilau”…. peeling and chopping seasonal vegetables, adding exotic Indian condiments (cloves, cardamom, bay leaves, garam masala) and adding a dash of love, to make a very wholesome, nourishing and comforting “Veggie Pilau”.


Our budding and enthusiastic gardeners also did some gardening and planted spring onions and spinach, which we’ll be checking regularly during the next sessions. Maybe we’ll use those to make a hearty winter stew… so stay tuned and please attend our very enriching, nourishing and fun sessions!!!

 

July: Making Recycled Paper

In July, we met and did some paper recycling. We put together a lot of magazines and newspapers, immersed them in water and torn them to make a pulp. Then with some frames, we created our beautiful papers. Some children decorated the papers with flowers while the papers were drying under the hot sun.