Annie Cannistra – Artist Bio. And about eco-printing.

Annie Cannistra will be doing a presentation on eco printing at our September WCAL member meeting on Sept. 15, 2021.

About eco-printing: Living in Wisconsin with the changing of seasons it seemed natural to collect different leaves and experiment with natural dyes. In my eco- printing on paper I have used fresh leaves,  dried leaves,  red and yellow onion skins,  alum, iron water,  dandelions and other flower petals and tumeric. It is an art form that always has a bit of a surprise component. Once you know the basics there is no end to the combinations of different leaves, papers and dyes that can be used. These papers can then be used in a multitude of different ways from mixed media collage to encaustic.
Bio: For as long as I can remember I was doing some form of art- started with drawing and painting and fibre arts for which I received A Sea Grant award and a State Fair ribbon respectively. I initially started a fine arts degree program but soon felt the need to do something else. I became a nurse, had children, and art took a back seat. Just in the past 10 years or so I dug out my art supplies and started again: acrylic painting, pottery, oil painting and then trying my hand at unconventional media such as encaustic, cold wax and oil painting and Eco printing. My tendencies are towards color of all kinds- earthy, organic, botanical, with abstracted landscapes being my favorite.