Free Drawing School: Sunlight Printmaking with Kirsty McKeown & Jeni Reid

30 May 2021

Free Drawing School: Sunlight Printmaking

Join Free Drawing School artist in residence Kirsty McKeown and artist Jeni Reid in making your own cyanotype prints inspired by the newly restored fernery and walled garden at Hospitalfield.

Cyanotype, a cross between photography and printmaking, uses iron salts and light to produce prints with a striking Prussian blue colour. At 179 years old it is one of the oldest printmaking techniques around; originally invented by John Herschel as a method of reproducing scientific notes as ‘blueprints’ it was in 1843 that Anna Atkins produced the first cyanotype artworks through the creation of an album of seaweed and algae specimens.

During her 2020-21 residency at Hospitalfield’s Free Drawing School. artist Kirsty McKeown has been researching women’s history in the Arbroath and Angus area and has been exploring drawing and alternative camera-less photographic processes such as cyanotypes and photograms. Taking inspiration from the cyanotype artworks of Anna Atkins as well as the work of Angus Botanist Ursula K. Duncan in these workshops you will use botanical specimens, stencils and digital negatives to produce a series of your own cyanotypes as well as working collaboratively on a large cyanotype banner to be displayed around the grounds of Hospitalfield House.

Jeni Reid is an Angus based artist who uses digital photography, cyanotype printing and sewing. She is interested in history and memory, the shapes we make and the stories we tell about ourselves.

All materials will be provided, and we will be using pre-coated paper so the mess will be minimal. However, it is recommended that you bring an apron or wear old clothes in-case of splashes that may stain.

11.30am – 1.00pm, Sunday 30 May

2.00 – 3.30pm, Sunday 30 May

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Families welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Six households at each session with no more than three per household.

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