About the Artist:

Christine Hoey is a lifelong artist and photographer who has always been intrigued with texture, shapes, and colors in the natural world. She began exploring Cyanotype photography using native plants to highlight the plight of our disappearing habitats. Painting with light, Christine’s images are embellished with watercolors and natural pigments to create striking botanical prints. Christine believes “you protect what you fall in love with” and through her artwork she hopes to inspire viewers to “fall in love” with our rich biodiversity and preserve it.

Christine has worked as a nurse practitioner, and she is currently a board member/garden committee chair of the California Native Plant Society in San Diego. She is also passionate about mosaics and trained with Luciana Notturni in Ravenna, Italy using traditional Roman mosaic technique. More recently, Christine apprenticed with mosaic artist, Emile Ledieu at Ilan Lael last year on the new ADA bathroom.

Christine teaches:

Cyanotype Class with Christine Hoey $130.00/ student

Date: Sunday September 25th, 2022
Location: Ilan-Lael Center, Julian, CA
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm
Cost: (tools and materials will be provided)
Instructor: Christine Hoey

(For Any Skill Level)

Cyanotypes are one of the oldest almost forgotten photographic printing processes first introduced in 1842 by John Herschel. Friend and botanist Anna Atkins later used his technique and produced the world’s first photographic illustrated book on algae in 1843, considered by many to be a work of art and science. Treated paper exposed to ultraviolet light develops into a beautiful shade of cyan blue, resulting in a one-of-a-kind photo image.

This one-day class on cyanotype photography using California native plants offers a fun, easy, and rewarding hands on experience in making botanic contact prints using the cyanotype technique as well as an introduction to our local native plant ecology.

Christine will demonstrate how to make a cyanotype and will provide coated cyanotype photo paper along with fresh and pressed native plants and mixed media materials for you create your contemporary cyanotype prints. You’ll have the option of using natural dyes and watercolors to enhance your own unique artwork that will be frame worthy. Experimentation is encouraged, no mistakes are possible in cyanotype art!


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