Workshop Template

Workshop Template

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Please join me for an AFTERNOON SESSION (starting at 2pm) of seaweed pressing fun as I set aside sailcloth for a day and host the super-talented, Mary Chatowsky Jameson from Saltwater Studio for our first seaweed pressing workshop! Come by yourself, enroll with a friend or gift a session to someone you know loves the ocean and the stunning botanical diversity that lives there.

For our afternoon session you’ll be treated to fermented grapes (aka: wine) and something to pair with that (tbd)…you’ll leave with:

  • 2 pressings you created with your own hands from seaweed Mary has gathered (one small, one large).  

  • A portfolio containing both of your seaweed collage pressings.  

  • Instructions on how to continue the drying process started in the workshop.

  • Recommended framing options after your pressings have completely dried.

Seaweed pressing was a popular art form during the Victorian era when people summered on the coast. Seaweed was admired for its beauty and pressed into scrapbooks with other mementos like poetry, watercolors & anything that was a happy reminder of their experience.

The process after collecting specimens, buckets of seaweed are loaded into containers of clean, salt water. Trays are set up to study the different species and speculate on collage combinations. Other materials are rag paper, blotter paper, towels, nylon cloth, cardboard and weights. Small tools, such as tweezers, scissors, toothpicks, soft bristle brushes, glue and razor blades are also used, as needed.

Once the seaweed is positioned on the paper as desired, and the excess water removed, it is ready for pressing. The collage is transferred to fresh blotter paper with the nylon cloth placed on top to prevent sticking, then sandwiched into cardboard. The package is placed onto a flat surface and weighted down. The element of surprise is also a factor in this process and you won’t know what the end result will be until it is completely dry. The drying time is usually a couple of days to a week.

Looking forward to having you join us and guiding your creative visions using seaweed! Seating is limited as we look to create an intimate and fun experience for all. Such a fun thing to do with friends to kick off the new year!

Workshop location:

Hoist Away Bags, 384 Harold Dow Hwy, Unit #24, Eliot, ME

For questions prior to the session:

Email Laura at: laura@hoistawaybags.com or call 207-351-5526.

Once payment is received, you’ll receive a follow up email closer to the time of the workshop.

For more information about seaweed pressing: Visit Saltwater Studio website at https://www.saltwaterstudio.biz/