Guest Teacher Sandrine de Borman

Vegetal Prints Workshop

Wild Mapping Herbarium



An artistic approach about looking and using the plants around us for printing on textile

3 days workshop

14,15,16 April 2017

6-8 participants

Price 450 €

Accommodation in the residency


From vegetal observation to vegetal prints on textile

-iter and map-herbarium with the tecnic of tataki-zomé and stamps –



One way to take care of biodiversity, for me as an artist, is to increase awareness of the incredible diversity of plants that surround us. The French botanist Francis Hallé talks about “plant blindness,” where people only look at beautiful green landscapes, but they are not really seeing the plants, their form, the way they reproduce and interact with the environment, how we make use of them, and that without plants, we cannot live. In 2014, Hallé wrote: “In Europe, many people today are unaware of plants; they do not even see them. I am beginning to wonder how to cure this plant blindness. Our green partners are our best allies in the maintenance of a good life. Even in the city, they can be appreciated. All that is needed is to open our eyes and step out of the ruts of our daily routines.“

We will walk in the nature, looking at the plants around us and let us be touched by some. We will glean some, discovering of remembering the names of the plants and special characteristics of some plants we will use for printing.

Then we will discover a tecnic, the tataki-zomé to print the leaves on the textile.

Tataki-zomé is an japonese word, meaning to dye (zomé) by hammering (tataki). It seems to be a old craft of this culture.

This tecnic has really a doubly magic effect :

-first surprise :hammering the plant it’s revealing the structure of the plant of a different way for each one, some plants prints oxizide directly on the contact with the fabric.

-second surprise, when I’m fixing the print with alum, vinegar, iron sulphate, the colour reacts and changed, as a revealing photographic process. The colour can change in darker, blue, bronze, dark green, gray…depending of the compounds of the plant.

For me, hammering is much more used as a meditation than a tecnic, revealing the particularities of each plant on a drumming rythm.


First day, Friday 14th April : Discovery of an approach and of tataki-zomé, and fixing the prints

Second day, Saturday 15th April : Iter and map-herbarium, tatakizomé

Third day, Sunday 16th April : Stamp and relief pattern, personal project



What’s Included

  • Textiles ready for print
  • Bags to print
  • Alun & iron sulphate
  • Stamp and relief paterns
  • Textile pens
  • Some ear-protection headset
  • Some hammers
  • Books and informations about the plants of the place, small movies
  • Cloths pegs and threads
  • Flat stones
  • Large pan
  • Wood fire of gas burner
  • Drawing tools, pens, pencils
  • Brushes
  • Squirt bottles
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels, newsprint and rags

What to Bring

  • Some examples of your art work
  • Traces of your own work around printing of vegetals if you have (books, prints, photos…) to share with the group

You can bring the following additional items if you have at  home:

  • Hammer
  • Some textiles
  • Ear-protection headset


Herbarium workshop

14,15,16 April 2017




BIOGRAPHY Sandrine de Borman

Born in 1967, living and working in Brussel, Belgium

Studying and experimenting :

1986-87: Drawing and Painting – Bellas Artes, Madrid,Spain
1995-98: Sculpture and Illustration – Académie Constantin Meunier, Brussels, Belgium 2000-02: Animation of expressive creation workshops- Ateliers de l’Insu, Brussels, Belgium

Meeting and working with artists :

1997-00: Bob VERSCHUEREN, 2000-04: Ria KROL,
2004-06: Jephan DE VILLIERS, 2011-12: Caroline LEGER, 2012-13: Stéphanie JACQUES, 2013-14: Xavier RIJS,

Exhibiting : Main solo exhibitions

vegetal installation, Belgium paper pulp, Nederlands

Arbonie, gleaning in the forest around Brussel vegetal installation, Tournai, Belgium
vegetal sculpture, installation, landart, Belgium sculpture and landart, Belgium

Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium (ex-National botanic garden) Tanks Arts Centre/Cairns Botanic Gardens, Australia

2015 Tinctoria
2013 Landscape pulp
2012 Cabinet de curiosités végétales Festival Dièse, Hôtel de Vogüé, Dijon, France

Traces végétales 2011 L’Etoffe du Paysage

2010 Détours végétaux

Main collective exhibitions
2015 De la nécessité des Contrées

Welcome in Wonderland

Angers University, France
Wanne church, KadriKulture, Trois-Ponts, Belgium National Botanic Garden, Belgium

Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles-librairie, Paris, France Maison Pelgrims, Brussels, Belgium

Belgique à l’honneur
2014 International contemporary art exhibition Art Gallery Le Logge, Assisi, Italy

International Paper Art 2013 Hors Ville

Légendes de la graine 2011 L’étoffe des livres

Tissus de livres
Regards sur le papier
2010 L’illusoire qui nous habille 2008 Papilleux Papier 2003-2004 Cabinets de curiosités

Den Brueghel, Haecht, Belgium
Galerie MariaClara ArtPoint, Brussels, Belgium Forum des Halles, UCL-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Bibliothèque Faidherbe, Paris, France
Collection de Livres d’Artiste, Brussels, Belgium

Arpa, Centre culturel de Ciney, Belgium
4D, Centres culturels Rochefort, Marche, Beauraing, Eghezée,Belgium Galerie du Crabe, Jodoigne, Belgium

Forum des Halles-UCL-Louvain-la-neuve,Belgium ; Institut Polytechnique-Palaisseau-Paris France

Working with the landscape pulp : Artist in residences

Geopoetic walks, Venezia, Italia with La traversée, Atelier québécois de Géopoétique,

October 2015

Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium, (ex-National botanic garden) Jardin du Textile, Rochefort-en-Terre, France,
Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy,
Tanks Art Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns, Australia, National botanic garden, Meise, Belgium

Creating books :

January-december2015 August 2015 September 2014 July-August 2013


Forum international de la couleur végétale, Lauris, France

Tinctoria, 2015
Détours végétaux, 2010
Aristolochia, 2011
Robes, 2008
« Livres-objets » :
Chemin d’enfance de Népticules dorées, 2015
Nidothèque : 16 carnets autour de créations de nids dans un nid, acquis par le CLA, 2010-2011 Aristolochia, ombres et impressions, boîte, 2011
Suaires de rêves botaniques, livre-tissu, 2011
Cartothèque du Pays des Nymphes, impressions végétales sur tissu, 2011
L’Etoffe du Paysage, carnet et boîte d’étoffes, 2011