Leaving an Impression: Cyanotype Workshop

April 22, 2021
12 pm (CDT)

Member program

Using Catherine Wagner’s Fossils series and Anna Atkins’s botanical cyanotypes as discussion points, local artist and educator Jenny Kettler will guide members as they pause and consider their relationship with the natural world in this special Earth Day–related event. Kettler and participants will talk about artists whose artworks help inform our current understanding of “nature,” and will contemplate what future fossils of our consumer culture might look like. Participants will be invited to collect objects in and around their homes, such as leaves, flowers, lace, feathers, utensils, and recyclables, and think about these objects’ permanence. Kettler will demonstrate two cyanotype techniques that participants can create along with her.

Cyanotype fabric and paper will be sent to registrants ahead of time. This workshop is limited to 15 participants. Register early to receive your supplies in the mail before the online event.

Free, but registration is required. Register here >>

Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

About the speaker

Jenny Kettler is an artist, educator, and community arts organizer based in St. Louis. In a recent project she surveyed the Midwestern landscape for three years, photographing plastic bags caught in trees and bushes in a region with no bag bans. Her photographic work explores the complex and interwoven relationships humans have with nature in the Anthropocene epoch. She strives to use art as a tool for environmental education and her projects fluctuate between hiking meditations, photography, healing breath work, installations, and organizing environmental justice–based art programs. Kettler holds an MFA in photography from Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville and a BA in photojournalism from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. She serves as the Education Director at the Foundry Art Centre and teaches photography at Lindenwood University.

Image credit

Anna Atkins (English, 1799–1871), Botrychium, America, from the album Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants, c. 1851–54. Cyanotype, 10 1/8 x 8". University purchase, St. Louis Printmarket Fund, 1994.