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Botanical Printing
with Jane Goodall

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September 4-10, 2024
in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Join us here in colorful Mexico, where precision meets imagination, and craftsmanship flourishes. Jane will provide a structured course on days 1-3 with days 4-5 allowing students for more experimentation. 

  • Start with basic techniques and bundling approaches, with leaf profiling of local botanicals. Different textiles will be used.

  • Explore the use of dyes and tannins alone or in combination, in carrier blankets. 

  • Use blankets and resists creatively and experiment with ‘ghosting’.

  • Learn how to create a gradient dyed textile and use dye-soaked leaves and discharge techniques. 

  • How to print on clothing. Linen garments and T-shirts can be purchased locally. 

  • In depth class notes on mordanting, textiles and natural dyes, blankets and bundling techniques used in the workshop. 

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San Miguel de Allende, located in central Mexico is a Heritage UNESCO puebla magica, not to mention voted one of the best places in the world to live by Conde Nast Traveler two years in a row. Come and be captivated by the friendliness and beauty of this town! Linda Laino has lived in San Miguel for twelve years and is helping Jane facilitate the retreat.

More on San Miguel below.

We are sure you will be delighted with the accommodations and facilities- including heated garden pool. Hacienda de las Flores is a family owned, old-world style hotel in the heart of centro making it a super convenient and easy home base from which to explore San Miguel. 

Jane Goodall is a botanical printer based in the Cambridgeshire fens U.K. She has recently produced a guidebook that has been well received internationally. With a passion for the printing process, she delves into the details, capturing the essence of the plant with both precision and artistry. Jane has run numerous workshops in the UK, leading courses in beautiful locations such as the famous arboretum in Westonbirt, workshops in Cambridgeshire and her own studio in the Fens. 

In her methodical approach, Jane dissects the variables, offering participants an approach to consistently achieve beautiful results. She empowers attendees with a technical prowess that acts as a foundation for their future creative work. @janegoodall

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Travel*

Please make your reservations to arrive at Leon (BJX) or Queretaro (QRO) airports. Information about easy and reliable shuttle service will be shared with participants. Please note, if you decide to fly into Mexico City, it is another four hours to San Miguel.

*Note: Please wait to make your flight arrangements until we inform you the retreat is full.

Please click here for pricing and registration information.

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Testimonials

* I attended a one- day workshop with Jane. She is one of the best textile tutors I have come across in  many years. She is responsive to the needs of learners, her instruction is clear and precise, backed up by detailed handouts to take away. She is generous with her time, materials and her knowledge. I was thrilled with the pieces I printed, way better results than I have achieved on my own.

* A great and enthusiastic teacher who demonstrated her enjoyment of the process and who was very pleased to be passing it on to others.


* I have been dyeing fabric for a long time and was looking for something new, when I spotted one of Jane’s workshops on Eco-printing. Jane’s teaching was very clear and she was very generous with her help, providing detailed instructions for reproducing results again at home. I thoroughly recommend a workshop with Jane!

 * Jane has perfected a process to enable every student to achieve brilliantly clear prints on paper, silk, and velvet. Her sheer enthusiasm together with a tried and tested approach ensures the magic happens and you understand why!

 

 * I can highly  recommend Jane’s course. She was very organized, explained everything very clearly, with lots of examples & was very supportive. 

About San Miguel de Allende

Mexico is a huge country that offers its visitors an amazing amount of diversity. San Miguel de Allende is located in the geographical center of the country and is said to be built upon a bed of crystal quartz. Many people believe this legend aids in the “magical” quality so often associated with this town. San Miguel is a peaceful, safe environment, full of friendly people, sophistication and charm to spare. It is small, but far from sleepy. The streets are always full of visitors and locals in a lively and festive atmosphere.

There is more than plenty to see and do on off hours during the retreat. Most days you can count on very cool mornings, warm to hot sunny afternoons, and slightly cooler evenings. Think layers and bring a light sweater. There is virtually no humidity. San Miguel is quite hilly in parts, and the streets are cobbled. You will most likely be doing a lot of walking (the best way to see the town!), so we suggest to bring good shoes.

We are at 6000 feet and if you have not been in high altitudes, you may feel a bit tired the first day or two. Luckily, there are numerous cafes, parks and plazas for rest and refreshments all over town. There are also ample and inexpensive cabs (and Uber) available should you need a break from the walking. The cab drivers, incidentally are some of the best locals to practice your Spanish with!

The web is full of articles and videos about San Miguel. Here are two to whet your whistle:

"The Best City in the World"

"San Miguel de Allende Travel Guide"

About Linda Laino

Linda is an artist, writer and teacher who received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has lived in San Miguel de Allende for twelve years where she formally taught English Language Arts and continues to paint and write. She has organized writing and painting retreats of her own in San Miguel and is recently sharing her love and knowledge of this charming and colorful town with other artists and teachers. Her many pleasures in San Miguel include terrace cocktails with friends, hiking in the countryside and feeding the hummingbirds. Her painting and writing can be accessed here:

www.lindalaino.com wordsandpictures.lindalaino.com.

Cancellation Policy

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All deposits and balances for workshops are non-refundable.  We understand that it is sometimes difficult to plan ahead for a trip such as this and these uncertain times have created a bit more challenge. We thank you for your understanding of the need for these policies on our end. We ask that retreat participants be vaccinated. Note: Mexico never closed its borders to travelers during 2020. 

Please read our full cancellation policy here.

Retreat Waiver

All participants will be asked to download and sign the waiver form and provide emergency contact info. Please email to: lalainoart@yahoo.com.

Linda will provide all participants with a "Survival Guide" with lots of info about SMA, recommended restaurants and useful phone numbers.

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We look forward to welcoming you to San Miguel in September, 2024! Please do not hesitate to contact us. For questions about the workshop, please contact Jane at jgoodallyeo@gmail.comFor questions about San Miguel, contact Linda at lalainoart@yahoo.com.

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