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Blueprints of Nature

Back when science and art were better acquainted, we find a beautiful story weaving together the histories of women, art and science through cyanotype photography. Using a technique unchanged since the 1800s, join us to create your own blueprints of nature using the power of the Sun.

When: Saturday, August 10 2019. 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
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Where: Inala Nature Tours
320 Cloudy Bay Road, South Bruny Island, TAS, 7150
Topic: Environment and nature
Cost: Free
Bookings: 03 6293 1217
Other: Wheelchair access
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In this event we would like to take our audience back to a time when science and art were better acquainted. Travelling back to the mid 1800’s we find a beautiful story weaving together the histories of women, art and science through cyanotype photography Cyanotyping describes the process of using a UV sensitive surface, created through the combination of two chemicals, to form a Prussian blue silhouette of any object with the power of the Sun. This technique was discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and has changed very little over the last 177 years. An early use of cyanotyping was to create blueprints for architects and engineers. However, it was Anna Atkins use of cyanotyping in 1843 to create the first book of photography, using the process to document plants, that first popularised the technique.

We will create our own cyanotypes using leaves, grasses, flowers and feathers, just as Anna Atkins would have done all those years ago. Participants in the workshop will also be free to explore the Inala Museum as well as having the opportunity to learn about the conservation work conducted on the property by researchers and wildlife rescuers.

The one-day event will be held on the Inala property, with demonstrations of the technique at 10:30 am and 1:30pm. However, those who arrive outside these times will still be able to participate, with the process taking 30-60mins and the option to make many prints. Please BYO lunch and drinks if you wish to stay for the day.

Cyanotyping is a safe and simple process making it a great activity for all ages, however children must be accompanied by an adult. This event will run rain, hail or shine!

Contact details:

Catherine Young
Inala Foundation
Phone: 03 6293 1217

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