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Cyanotype + Handmade Stencil Workshop with Katherine Akey

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Hillyer Art Space

9 Hillyer Court Northwest

Washington, DC 20008

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Celebrate FotoWeek DC and learn about the cyanotype process with DC-based artist Katherine Akey. Join us for bagels and coffee while Akey discusses her influences, her trip to the Arctic Circle, and how these have come together to inform her practice. Following her talk, Akey will lead a workshop on cyanotype prints using hand-made stencils.

Cyanotype is a method of photographic printing developed in the mid-1800s that produces a cyan-blue print. Originally used to reproduce notes or blueprints, the process was quickly adapted to print silhouettes of objects and stencils. Akey will discuss her interest and adaptation of cyanotypes, and instruct participants on how to cut and make a handmade stencil and use these to create cyanotype prints. All materials will be provided.

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Akey is primarily influenced by her profound love of reading, from childhood fantasies to the non-fiction she consumes on her commute. These stories bleed into her dreams and fuel the romantic, otherworldly aspects of her art, while her scientific background and penchant for academic reading bring a grounded, thoughtful tone. Themes of polar exploration, World War I, and early aviation figure prominently in her work.

Her recent work stems from a trip to the top of the world with the Arctic Circle Residency program in the fall of 2015. Weaving the northern landscapes of legend and the Golden Age of Exploration with the realities of Arctic conservation projects, Akey brings glory to the women she found in Svalbard devoting their lives to protecting the land. The Arctic Smiles Now is on view at Hillyer Art Space from November 3 – December 17, 2017.

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Image courtesy of Katherine Akey


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