Printing from nature: a one-day workshop

Long before cameras, images from nature were captured by pressing an inked specimen on to paper. Nature printing opens our eyes to the details of natural objects, as well as to their inherent beauty.

Our first workshop for 2020 will be guided by Castlemaine printmaker Rhyll Plant.

Born at Phillip Island, Australia, Rhyll’s early association with natural history was stimulated by her close proximity to the sea and her parent’s keen interest in marine zoology.

A youthful love of art and museums led to a full-time career as technician and scientific illustrator with the then National Museum of Victoria. Today, Rhyll works from her Speargrass Studio in Castlemaine, where she combines her printmaking with illustration of scientific publications for Museum Victoria. Illustration, science and humour inspire her imagery.

Rhyll has created a range of techniques for nature printing that she will share at the workshop. Her first challenge – as a fine arts student many years ago – was to pull a delicate print from the most challenging thing she could think of … an ostrich feather!

Using water-based printing inks and easily available materials, plus pre-prepared specimens, you will use the printing press and hand pressure to explore techniques in direct and offset printing, layering and ghosting images to create depth.

In this productive one-day workshop you will create your own unique prints on paper, and leave inspired to explore your own garden for printing opportunities!

Workshop materials will be provided: papers, inks and a range of pre-prepared natural objects such as leaves, grasses, feathers.

Bookings are open now at Humanitix. Bookings close on Monday 24 February. Maximum 8 participants.

The workshop cost is $90.00 (including gst and booking fee) plus $15 for materials to be paid on the day to Rhyll.

Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear. We recommend bringing an apron, notebook, pen and camera. BYO lunch. Tea, coffee, herbal teas provided.