Sunday - ORGANIC ART - with Anna Massinissa and Margherita Totori


From: Sunday September 10, 2023, 10:00 am

To: Sunday September 10, 2023, 2:30 pm

Botanical Art With A Twist

Threads That Bind – Let's bind together the Natural Pigments of Tropical Australia and The Fabulous Papers of Italy, to make a piece of Art

Italian Artists - Anna Massinissa and Margherita Totori bring a whole new knowledge and creative experimentation and interpretation to the world of natural dyes and organic pigments.

We are excited to have them with us in Cairns – Australia, for this Workshop – 10th September 2023, to share with us their techniques and creative inspiration.

This is an opportunity to gain insight into their unique style and understand their use and impressions on paper of natural, organic dyes from plants and from other natural pigment origins to create a world of art only nature can produce..

Anna Massinissa is an Exhibiting Artist and also the Curator of FabrianoInAcquarello – Italy, the international Art Symposium which has run for 14 years and which we have just recently enjoyed in Italy in April/May 2023. Together with Margherita Totori, also an experienced Exhibiting Artist and an expert of natural dyeing plants, they will introduce us to the challenges they have faced in exploring the use of natural dyeing plants on natural fiber materials, the fun will be experimenting with them with Australian plants and the outcomes that come from this as the 2 days progress!

Anna will be bringing her wealth of knowledge regarding the papers of Fabriano origin.

We will work on 100% cotton paper and on 100% cotton and silk textile, the very same ancient technique used by the monks in Europe, in Medieval times to decorate textile materials.

As an added bonus, during the Workshop Anna and Margherita, will be sharing their creative ‘Installation’ techniques, this is a huge moment and opportunity to learn with these two Internationally based creative Artists here on our shores.


Materials – For this Workshop

Plant materials will be provided from the collection of plants in the Cairns Botanical Gardens – with permission of the Curator of the Gardens.

Other pigment sources, and mordants will be explained and provided by Anna and Margherita.

Each person please bring:

  • 3 x pieces of pure natural 100% white cotton = 30x40 cms each
  • 1 x pieces of pure natural 100% white silk = 30x40 cms each
  • 1 x 30 cm long pieces of round wood or plastic cylinders suitable to be included in boiling liquid (diameters about 4 cms)
  • scissors
  • 3 or 4 meters of strong string
  • a roll of plastic transparent kitchen wrap
  • a spray bottle
  • 2 tiles in resistant glass or ceramic of about 20 x20 cms
  • 1 roll of kitchen paper

Please also bring an apron and wear old clothes

If you have questions and ideas you would like to share or discuss with Anna and Margherita, please write these to  and we will pass these on to our Tutors to have your answers ready for you on the day.

Refund Policy |

You can book your Workshop with confidence - knowing that we will refund the Workshop Fee - less $AUD10.00 Booking fee to cover bank and admin charges - provided we are notified in writing via our CONTACT FORM - dated one week prior to the commencement of the Australian Watercolour Muster Biennale - 2023 i.e. 30th August 2023.

Cancellations after this date will be refunded at 50% of the Booking Fee, and at the discretion of the Curator of the Australian Watercolour Muster - Wyn Vogel - depending on the critical circumstances and again notified in writing via our CONTACT FORM - with your phone number and details of the Workshop / Event you are wishing to cancel. A booking fee of $AUD10.00 will be applied to these late cancellations. 


Please refer to the very detailed access information provided by the Cairns Regional Council for access to The Tanks Arts Precinct - Edge Hill - Cairns Qld Australia



Bookings are now closed


Tank 3 - The Tanks Arts Precinct

46 Collins Street, Edge Hill QLD 4870

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