I run a range of workshops on alternative photography and printmaking techniques including cyanotype and eco-printing. Please see the list below for those coming up and to book. I also run online courses which you can find information on here
I am an experienced teacher with over fifteen years of teaching experience, having completed my PGCE in 2007 and then teaching art, design and media in mainstream education before becoming a head of department. I now work as a freelance teacher and artist. I have taught workshops at institutions including Dimbola Museum & Gallery and OVADA and for the NHS.
I currently deliver workshops that will introduce you to a technique so that when you leave you are confident to carry on using it when you get home. I also run drop-in taster workshops at festivals and markets that allow you to have a go at something.
If you are interested in me running a workshop at your event or venue please get in touch through the contact page. I can tailor workshops to meet the needs of your venue/the participants and am more than happy to discuss this with you.
Find my Eventbrite profile page with links to buy tickets for all my current courses and workshops here
Cyanotype workshops – now booking until September 2023 (see dates below)
The cyanotype is a 19th century photographic process which uses chemicals that produce beautiful blue prints when exposed to sunlight. It was originally championed by Victorian botanist Anna Atkins to document plant specimens. During this two hour workshop you will be introduced to this wonderful technique and learn how to make your own prints using leaves and flowers.
After an introduction to the process and its history you will be shown how to coat your own paper with cyanotype chemicals. Whilst this is drying you will have an opportunity to make some test prints before using the paper which you have hand coated to create a range of images using sunlight to expose your images and then water to develop them. At the end of the two hour session you will leave with a range of prints. You will also receive a handout recapping the process and detailing a list of suppliers and online resources. This workshop is only suitable for adults due to chemicals being used.
All materials and equipment including aprons and gloves will be provided. Leaves and flowers will also be provided but you are free to bring your own items to create your image with.
Saturday 17th June 2023, 1.30-3.30pm, Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3EG
Sunday 2nd July 2023, 9.30-11.30am, Forest, Deptford Market Yard, London SE8 4NS
Sunday 10th September 2023, 9.30-11.30am, Forest, Deptford Market Yard, London SE8 4NS
Ecoprinting workshops – returning Summer 2023 (see dates below)
Eco-printing is a process which draws the dyes naturally present in plants and flowers to create prints on paper. Leaves and flowers are bound between sheets of paper before being heated in water containing rusty objects to create your prints.
During this workshop you will work with a range of leaves and flowers to learn how to make your own eco-prints. After an introduction to the technique, its history, and a demonstration of the process your will create your own eco-prints. At the end of the two hour session you will leave with a range of prints. You’ll also receive a handout at the end of the session recapping the process and detailing a list of suppliers and online resources.
Leaves and flowers will be provided. You are also free to bring your own leaves or flowers to create prints with however not all plants will work with this process. Aprons and gloves will also be provided.
Thursday 29th June, 7-9pm, Shrewsbury House, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3EG
Chemigram workshops – returning Summer 2023 (see dates below)
Chemigrams are an alternative photographic technique developed in the 1950s using household substances to create images by painting on light sensitive photographic paper. These produce a wonderful variety of patterns, colours and textures when exposed to light and then developed using darkroom chemicals.
After an introduction to the process and a demonstration of how to create your images using a variety of approaches, you will apply a range of household substances, such as oil, salt, toothpaste, to light sensitive paper which you will then expose to light and develop using darkroom chemicals. At the end of the two hour session you will leave with a range of prints. Protective clothing such as aprons and gloves will be provided. You’ll also receive a handout at the end of the session recapping the process and detailing a list of suppliers and online resources. This workshop is only suitable for adults due to chemicals being used.