In this hands-on workshop with artist Sally Ayre, participants will learn how to create cyanotype prints with darker blues and deeper tonal range using modern printing processes. Participants will be guided through the experience of combining contemporary image-making with one of the earliest photographic printing processes. Cyanotype is a non-silver process that can be combined or used independently to create distinctive Blue-toned imagery on natural materials such as silk or art papers. Unlike traditional silver-based photographic processes that require harmful chemicals and generate toxic waste, cyanotype relies on a simple and safe blend of iron compounds and sunlight. Participants will learn proper coating, exposing, and developing techniques for Cyanotype, providing them with the skills to further embrace and pursue an alternative process that honours both creativity and environmental awareness.
Participants must bring their own black and white digital negatives (maximum size 8x10"). If you need to print digital negatives, Gallery 44 can provide this service only for the purposes of this workshop. You can print digital negatives for $10/square foot. Please inquire about this service upon registration. You must submit your files at least two weeks before the workshop in order to have them for the session. All other materials will be provided.
In this 3-part Experimental Eco-Printing course, we'll take analog photography to new heights by exploring sustainable and alternative photographic processes. Anthotypes will reveal the captivating world of creating prints using pigments extracted from plants, infusing your images with organic charm and reducing the reliance on conventional chemicals. In Plant-Based Chemigrams, you'll combine the art of photography with painting, using eco-friendly materials and chemical reactions to craft abstract and visually stunning prints. Lastly, Cyanotypes will allow you to harness the power of sunlight and iron solutions to produce striking blue-hued prints, adding an alluring touch of nature's radiance to your compositions with minimal environmental impact. Emphasizing sustainable practices throughout, this course will not only enhance your creative skills but also foster a deep connection to the environment, making your photographic journey truly unforgettable. Through hands-on demonstrations and projects, you'll develop your abilities and artistic expression, leaving with a deeper understanding and appreciation for these more sustainable methods.
All 3 workshops – $330 (members) / $390 (non-members)
Individual workshops - $130 (members) / $150 (non-members)
Sally Ayre is a photo-based artist working in print and historical photographic processes. She was born in Newfoundland and is currently living in Toronto. Walking is one of her passions, an activity she enjoys and where her thoughts can flow at liberty in many directions. The exploration of parks, ravines and waterways in and around Toronto has given Sally a rich context where many of her art projects have been sparked and fostered. During her walks she has collected hundreds of natural specimens to be scanned and catalogued into her image bank where she draws from to create work.