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UPDATE-SKOPELOS WORKSHOP: Join us on a Greek Island

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PHOTO: Steph Bolt Cyanotype: Cooper+Spowart

Skopelos jetty …….PHOTO: Steph Bolt Cyanotype: Cooper+Spowart

 

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IMAGINE – the inspiration for PHOTOGRAPHY on an Aegean Island

CONSIDER – exploring photodocumentary, cyanotypes and books

AND ENJOY –  Greek food and wine, experience the blue of the Aegean Sea, Greek lifestyle and its mythical landscapes – All shared with fellow workshop participants with similar interests.

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Skopelos landscapes PHOTO: Steph Bolt

Skopelos landscapes ……..PHOTOs: Steph Bolt

Greek women and men talking PHOTO: Steph Bolt

Greek women and men talking ……..PHOTOs: Steph Bolt

 

In May 2017 we will be presenting a 12 day workshop on the Greek island of Skopelos with Australian artist and printmaker Steph Bolt.

 

We plan to work with participants to capture the experience of ‘being there’ and to tell stories about ‘place’ in books and photographs.

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The workshop topics will include:

  • The cyanotype process to produce prints on paper and cloth to reference the Aegean blue
  • Working with found objects and inkjet negatives from photos made on excursions
  • Making bespoke photobooks that you will handcraft during the workshop
  • Aspects of documentary ‘placemaking’
  • Using online photobook making services to design books
  • A sharing of our techniques to optimise and enhance digital photographs.

What is included in the fee:

  • Tuition for 12 days
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Opening & closing dinners
  • 2 lunches
  • Morning tea – on the days we are in the studio
  • Excursion days – transport included
  • The odd drink on the terrace overlooking the Aegean

Workshop specific materials included:

  • Cyanotype chemistry
  • Some printing papers and cloth
  • An allocation of inkjet negative material for photographic images
  • Basic book-making materials: threads, needles, glue
  • Air conditioned studio access

 

Vicky+Doug presenting workshops

Vicky+Doug presenting workshops

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A detailed website:  SKOPELOS WORKS ON PAPER

Contact Steph Bolt at skopelosworksonpaper@gmail.com

 

Vicky and Doug

ABOUT THE TUTORS

We have been involved in the arts as practitioners, teachers, critics, commentators and allied professional activities for many years: Doug Spowart, from the 1980s and Victoria Cooper, from 1990.

Our individual and collaborative book works have been acquired for the artists’ books, rare book and manuscript collections in Artspace Mackay, State Libraries of Queensland and Victoria, Mitchell Library (Doug), the National Library of Australia. Our wall based artworks are held in numerous public collections.

Our artists’ books have also been exhibited in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and are held by private and public collections in these countries.

We have both completed individual PhD studies based on philosophical and theoretical considerations in our practice. Since completing these studies we have continued our research activities and have each received separate Siganto Foundation Artists Book Research Fellowships in the Australian Library of Art at the State Library of Queensland: Doug in 2014 and Victoria in 2015.

Victoria Cooper  PhD and has holds the following AIPP  credentials –APP.L, M.Photog, Hon.FAIPP.

Doug Spowart  PhD and has holds the following AIPP  credentials – APP.L, M.Photog, Hon.FAIPP, FAIPP.

 

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AIPP APP Log

 

This workshop is recommended by the AIPP for its members for their Continuing Professional Development as a Third Party CPD Event.

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Some hand-made photobooks/artists books we have made

Some hand-made photobooks/artists books we have made

Super Nova a cyanotype by Victoria Cooper

Super Nova a cyanotype by Victoria Cooper

Wooli Beach Junk a cyanotype by Doug Spowart

Wooli Beach Junk a cyanotype by Doug Spowart

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ADVANCE NOTICE: SKOPELOS-A Greek Island Workshop

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Wooli Beach Junk a cyanotype by Doug Spowart

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IMAGINE COMBINING ARTMAKING – PHOTOGRAPHY + BOOKS, eating Greek food and drinking wine, watching the blue of the Aegean Sea, experiencing Greek lifestyle and the mythical landscape?

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In May 2017 we will be presenting a 12 day workshop on the Greek island of Skopelos with Australian artist and printmaker Steph Bolt.

Vicky and Doug

Vicky and Doug

We plan to work with participants to capture the experience of ‘being there’ and to tell stories about the place in books and photographs.

The workshop topics will include:

  • The cyanotype process to produce prints on paper and cloth to reference the Aegean blue
  • Working with found objects and inkjet negatives from photos made on excursions
  • Making bespoke photobooks that you will handcraft during the workshop
  • Aspects of documentary ‘placemaking’
  • Using online photobook making services to design books
  • A sharing of our techniques to optimise and enhance digital photographs.

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A detailed website has been prepared by Steph Bolt and SKOPELOS WORKS ON PAPER

http://www.skopelosworksonpaper.com/spowartcooper-workshop.html

Googled images of Skopelos

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Super Nova a cyanotype book by Victoria Cooper

Supernova a cyanotype book by Victoria Cooper

 

ROCKHAMPTON CYANOTYPE: A workshop in ‘Blue’

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A Capricornia Printmaker's hand and cyanotype being exposed

A Capricornia Printmaker’s hand and cyanotype being exposed

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Last weekend we worked with members of the Capricornia Printmakers Inc in an investigation of Sir John Herschel’s 1840s historical cyanotype process. The 12 participants spent two days working with a range of shadow making objects and the blue image of the simple ferrous iron.

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The process relies on coating paper or cloth with a chemical made by the combination of potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate. On drying the light sensitive material has objects placed on it and then exposed in sunlight. Ultra-violet light is required and exposure times may be 8-10 minutes although times may vary depending on the time of year – or day – or if clouds get in the way.

Advanced work uses enlarged contact negatives of photographs made on overhead projection transparencies through laser photocopiers or inkjet printers.

We experienced one day of intermittent sun that worked out well for us. The next day though presented us with thick clouds of tropical cyclone Hadi making the direct sunlight system all but impossible. Luckily we had our A2 UV exposure unit with us that enabled us to continue work indoors regardless of the weather.

We all had a great time and the Capricornia Printmakers pushed the limits of the process and will, with the chemistry remaining, continue having the ‘blues’.

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What follows is a report in images….

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2014 CPi Workshop Flyer.

This goes with that --- selecting objects to image...

This goes with that — selecting objects to image…

Drying a coated sheet

Drying a coated sheet

Cooper+Spowart Cyanotype workshop - PHOTO: Doug Spowart

Nanette selecting stuff to image

Ready for action" Nanette and Vicky

Ready for action – Nanette and Vicky

Cooper+Spowart Cyanotype workshop - PHOTO: Doug Spowart

Exposing a negative of image and text

Exposing the contact frams to the sun

Exposing the contact frams to the sun

Image and text on cloth --- a success!

Image and text on cloth — a success!

Drying coated cloth

Drying coated cloth

Exposing some miniature cyanotypes in fading light
Exposing some miniature cyanotypes in fading light
Peta holding her images close

Peta holding her images close before washing-out.

The Walter Reid Cultural Centre in Bundaberg

The Walter Reid Cultural Centre in Rockhapton – The venue for the workshop

The cyclone track map

The BOM cyclone track map

Rain coming in on Sunday - Not good for sunlight exposures

Rain coming in on Sunday – Not good for sunlight exposures

Aileen with one of her works

Aileen with one of her works

The artists residency @ Walter Reid Cultural Centre

Taking a break at the artists residency @ Walter Reid Cultural Centre after a frenetic Saturday’s workshop

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The workspace cleared and ready for the next time ...

The workspace cleared and ready for the next time …

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All photos © Doug Spowart. Participants are welcome to access their photos…

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