Release your inner designer

Eco printing

Who would have thought designing your own bag, shirt or scarf could be such fulfilling fun? Kathrin Shaw is ready to teach you the ins and outs of eco printing – either in workshops on her farm near Philadelphia or in the comfort of your home.

Get your hooks into wild and wonderful designs where the natural dyes from plant materials are transferred to paper or fabric via steaming or boiling. The results are unusual plant or flower portraits captured on T-shirts, tablecloths, or whatever you fancy. No synthetic dyes, inks or paints are used. Best of all, each print is a one-of-a-kind.

Kathrin offers the five-hour workshops to groups of between eight and 12 people. She supplies cotton bags and the plants, but attendants are welcome to bring their own cotton fabric, scarf or T-shirt.

This immersive nature craft happens to be easy enough for kids. Think: innovative birthday parties or team-building.

Although the eco-printing process is pretty straightforward, the many variables lend themselves to endless originality. Of course, nature is your oyster in terms of plant materials and the unpredictable results encapsulate the excitement of the process. Not forgetting that you can celebrate the plants you nurture with an everlasting homage.

Cost: R490 pp. To book: 072 9373855;