In winter, many Australian native plants reach their peak, showing wonderful foliage and delicate flowers. Set against Canberra’s crisp, blue skies, and illuminated by soft mid-year light, they create a unique, intriguing landscape.
Explore capturing the atmosphere, forms and sensations of this winter environment in this one-day, hands-on PhotoAccess workshop led by leading local cyanotype artist, Kim Sinclair.
Start the day with a guided walk through the Australian National Botanic Gardens, learning about the flora and developing your response to this beautiful place. Then, in a cosy studio, explore creating vivid prints interpreting your experience of the floral displays. You’ll learn how to make light sensitive cyanotype papers, experiment with layering leaves, blooms and other botanical materials to compose images, and compare different cyanotype techniques including two-dimensional, three-dimensional and wet prints.
Suitable for all creative souls, aged 12+. No photography or printing experience is necessary. The cyanotype process is completely non-toxic but please wear older clothes or bring an apron in case of splashes! Please do also wear covered shoes.
All materials and morning and afternoon tea are included. Please bring your own lunch, or you’ll be able to purchase lunch from the Botanic Garden’s Pollen café.
Saturday 31 August, 10am to 4pm at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The workshop will take place in the Banks Building Education Centre. A map with directions will be provided closer to the date of the workshop.
All the materials, including botanical cuttings and organic materials will be supplied, along with afternoon and morning tea. Please do not bring any organic material or plant cuttings from home.
Please bring your own lunch, or you’ll be able to purchase lunch from the Botanic Garden’s Pollen café.
The cyanotype process is completely non-toxic but please wear older clothes or bring an apron in case of splashes. Please do also wear covered shoes.
Kim Sinclair graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996. At a time when digital photography was beginning its great revolution in the photo industry, Kim continued her work in traditional silver gelatin print methods and historic photographic processes, primarily Cyanotype & Vandyke.
After exhibiting and working for nearly ten years in the commercial photo industry in Toronto, Kim moved to Canberra, Australia in 2001. Since then, she has tutored many classes in traditional darkroom and alternative photographic practices. She divides her time between family and her commercial and photographic arts practice as she continues to produce, exhibit and contribute her artwork to projects. Influence from an early drawing & painting background is evident in the loose, paint-like application Sinclair often utilises. Hands-on printing methods are integral to the final intended aesthetic. Telling stories through multiple imagery, layering techniques and sequencing methods are arrangements characteristically recognised throughout much of Sinclair’s work.