WED 13 SEP | SWELL MASTERCLASS | Botanical Impressions with Cyanotype with Katie Alleva

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Botanical Impressions with Cyanotype

Cyanotype imagery, developed in the 19th century as a way of documenting botanical specimens, is one of the oldest forms of photography. In this one-day workshop, Northern Rivers visual artist Katie Alleva will lead participants step by step through the fascinating technique of wet cyanotype, an alternative photography technique, that uses objects from the natural world to create dreamy, surrealistic images.

The class will be inspired by the pioneering work of 19th-century botanist Anna Atkins, and participants will end the day with a series of cyanotype impressions on high-quality paper to take home. 

When| Wednesday 13th September 2023 
Time| 10.00am – 1.00pm 
Where| Fringe Pavilion, Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach 
Cost| $90 + booking fee 

Participants will need to wear covered shoes, bring their own apron, and a selection of leaves, feathers, flowers, pressed flowers, fabric and other flat, textured items to utilise in their printmaking. All other materials and equipment will be provided. 

More about Katie Alleva 

Katie Alleva is a practising artist and educator from the Byron Shire. Katie currently teaches TAFE NSW, at Murwillumbah in the Visual Arts Department. She has exhibited widely across regional Australia and has been the recipient of numerous awards. Her love of cyanotype stems from her early exposure to pinhole photography at age 14. Katie loves the immediacy of the technique, using the sun to expose the impression on the paper, washing the print and hanging it out to dry on the clothesline. The use of botanicals is influenced by working as a florist in her early twenties. 

More about the SWELL Fringe Pavilion at Wallace Nicoll Park, Pacific Parade, Currumbin. 

The Fringe Pavilion is home of the SWELL Fringe and bar, located in Wallace Nicoll Park, Currumbin Beach. The Fringe Pavilion will come alive each evening with artistic programming such as live music, performance and masterclasses, plus the bar will be open to the public daily from 12 – 8pm. Our wonderful food vendors will be open to satisfy all of your cravings. Please note the Fringe Pavilion is a large tent, so if it’s chilly make sure you rug up. 

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IMAGE: Katie Alleva