About Mattie

Ever since childhood I’ve loved to work and create with my hands.  I’ve always been fascinated by nature, and my favorite color is all of them!  I use textiles to showcase the beauty of nature by combining natural dyes with prints from locally foraged leaves and plants.  Just as each leaf on a tree is unique, so is every print and I enjoy exploring the full potential of each plant I choose to use.  As a life-long sewer, I find fabric to be an intimate medium that invites us to develop a personal relationship with the items we wear and use.

Botanical Printing

Eco-printing is a form of natural dyeing where pigments, tannins, and acids naturally occurring in leaves and other plant materials is imprinted onto fabric, paper, and other mediums. Textiles are tightly bundled with plants and steamed to create one-of-a-kind prints. Some fabrics are dyed first with natural dyes, which can come from leaves, flowers, roots, bark, and even insects. With the exception of eucalyptus, all of the plants I use for printing are sustainably gathered by hand in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota.