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Part of 'The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World' project
October 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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October 16, 2021
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Set up for the Anthotype workshop

Join us for a free artist-led workshop exploring the photographic process of anthotype

As part of The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World, Amanda Couch will lead a free one day hands-on workshop which explores the Victorian non-toxic photographic process of the anthotype. Using your own images and plants, leaves, flowers, vegetables, you will discover how to process and harness their natural colours to make your own photographic images. You will learn about the history of the process and how and why Amanda has been using it as part of her Becoming with Wheat… project currently on show in the museum.

Activities will include:

  • Preparing emulsions, grinding and filtering
  • Painting emulsion on paper and drying
  • Making stencils and assembling frame with positive and paper ready for exposure
  • Artist talk and history of the process
  • Conceptual and aesthetic discussions around participants choice of images in relation to plant history / meaning / colour / relationships
  • Checking on progress of Amanda’s new anthotype

This workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 8+. All children should be accompanied by a participating adult. As capacity in our Learning Studio is restricted, we’d ideally like all attendees to participate in the workshop if possible.

Don’t forget to send black and white image/s as jpeg/s no bigger than A4 that Amanda can print as positive transparencies, if you would like one (not essential!), no later than end of Tuesday 12th October. Send to amandajcouch@gmail.com

The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World is supported by Arts Council England and University for the Creative Arts.

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