Enjoy connecting with others and the elements to create a foundation of creative ideas to spring from. This course will deepen your connection to nature and encourage you to try out exciting methods to develop unique new works. Your Nature Journal book will be a useful resource to work in alongside further experiments on paper and fabric.
You will be inspired through seasonal creative activities, gain insight into the history, science and folklore of heritage techniques and explore how to journal and connect with your environment.
Learn how to develop unique cyanotype prints from guided experimentation. Discover how to make a beautiful swatch card of colours from heritage and foraged botanicals. You will draw and collage with papers made with plant inks, and mindfully atune to your environment through observational and sensory drawing. Explore methods to free up your mark-making and pattern building.
By the end of the course you will have gained confidence in creating colours from nature on fabric and paper, learnt to prepare a light sensitive solution and how to apply it successfully, and deepened your knowledge of process and practice in seasonally connected activities.
First evening 8 – 9pm
The first evening will be an introduction and overview to the course, you will learn how to mix a light sensitive solution and apply it to paper ready for the following day.
Saturday – you will explore how to make cyanotypes and try out methods to cultivate imagery. Learn how to brown tone.
Using botanical inks you will do experimental drawing.
Sunday – you will investigate colours from nature using heritage and seasonally foraged botanical matter to make dyes. Playing with simple kitchen chemistry you will see how to extend the colour palette for a range of harmonious hues. There will be space and time to make field notes in your nature journal and personalise the experience individually and collectively in a supportive and stimulating environment.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Zoë Burt is a tutor with over 20 years experience. She has tailor made workshops for several spaces including RHS and Tate. She trained at Central St. Martins in Textile Design. Art residencies shifted her creative practice via collaboration and research through a lens of sustainability. Nature Journal, co-authored by Marianne Wie sold at V&A.