Wild Herbarium Map Workshops with Sandrine de Borman

Event Phone: 250-275-1525

Do you love working with plants and fabrics? Walking? Collecting? Belgian artist Sandrine de Borman is offering two workshops on the themes of walking, plant collecting and the technique of “tataki-zomé”. This consists of hammering the fresh plants on cotton fabric so that the sap of the plant dyes the fabric, thereby producing precisely the shape of the plant, to reveal the structure and active principles of each one and transferring the essence of the plant onto fabric.

Walking in nature and collecting native plants is a large part of the process. De Borman’s works are in the form of a “Diary of Botanic Travel”. This features a new concept of “map-herbarium”, an intersection between geography, botanic art, and research.

She uses local, First Nations and Latin terms to describe what she has collected, and creates a diary and a map of her botanical travels on cotton fabric. Similar to the way in which the plants are revealed in the process, walking together with companions also reveals the identity of a person and his/her connection to their natural surroundings.

The “herbarium maps” are a textile creation. In her work, de Borman will print plants on a map drawn on used cloths. This map-herbarium will be shown in an exhibition and can be used to encourage visitors to observe the wild plants of the local trails. The workshop participants will create their own herbarium maps as a form of wearable art.

There are two workshops to choose from (or take both!): A full day workshop Saturday, July 16, 10 am – 4 pm at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, and an evening workshop Tuesday, July 19, 6 – 9 pm at the Caetani Centre.

Register on-line below.

  • MATERIALS NEEDED: Please bring to the workshop:
    – 1 – 2 metres washed white cotton cloth (must be cotton and must be well used or washed)
    – Metal hammers
    – Stones will be provided
    You will take home a piece of wearable art!
  • Additional Items to Bring: not absolutely necessary but welcomed:
    – onion pieces (dry ones, from red or yellow onions)
    – ear-protection headset of earplugs
    – scissors or shears
  • More
    – pique-nique + drinks (there is a fridge)
    – clothing adapted with the weather and with the possibility of changing weather
    – walking shoes

More information about the artist and workshops…

  • Saturday, July 16, ABNC
    July 16, 2016 - July 19, 2016
    3:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday, July 16, ABNC
  • Tuesday, July 19, Caetani Centre
    July 19, 2016
    11:00 am - 6:00 pm



Venue Phone: 250-260-4227

Venue Website:

250 Allan Brooks Way, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, V1T 9L4