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Monday, November 10, 2014

Cyanotype Silk Scarf Making coming up

Digital Rebellion!
Give your Hipstamatic a break. Try making a cyanotype printed scarf and get a feel for what photography was like long before the digital age. I'm teaching this fun workshop on 11/23 so sign-up!

Cyanotype Silk Scarf
Sunday, November 23rd 11-1pm • $50   
You’ll create a silk scarf using the very same Cyanotype photographic process that Anna Atkins, famed first woman photographer, used in the 1840’s. The shadows and silhouettes from the objects placed on the scarf create white and light blue highlights that are surrounded by a deep “cyanotype” blue.

Like sun prints, this is a photogram technique which means it does not use negatives or an enlarger, just objects and a scarf coated with a light sensitive cyanotype mix.
Use it as a gift or keep it for yourself. It is a great way to create art that you can wear. Once you learn the technique, you can create designs using a wide variety of materials—a great way to make a custom gift for the holidays.

No prior photography knowledge needed, and all materials will be provided. You will go home with one completed cyanotype scarf.

Please note: This is a weather-permitting workshop. If it’s too rainy, you’ll get the process demonstrated and have the materials to make your own at home on a rain-free day.

Sign up for this fun class!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Drugstore Photograms

Processing the Drugstore – a project where artist, Kate Farrall spent a lunch hour at the local drugstore buying supplies to make photograms (camera-less photo images) right in the store. She purchased the film and light-up objects then exposed the 35mm film in a light-safe bag that she created using a coat purchased there. The exposed film was then developed and printed in-store which means that these photos were created start-to-finish in the drugstore.

Consumer and producer are the roles Kate plays while the drugstore is also a participant in the production - without them, this project wouldn't be possible.

Watch the video. The resulting images follow the process you see on the video.

A big thanks goes out to my friend and artist, Amy Green, for helping to bring this project to light.

Monday, September 22, 2014

thank you open studio visitors!

Thank you to all of the 140 folks who came out to visit me during Sac Open Studios! It was such a fun weekend getting to share my work with you! And getting to say hello and reconnect with friends I haven't seen in a while.

I was in awe by all of great questions you had and was especially delighted to see people that came out last year visiting again. I got to see some of my little photo babies go to happy homes which means so much to me and it encourages me to keep challenging myself to make more and push the edges of what I create.

I was really flattered by the people who visited and then came back with their spouse or friend to show them my work. You guys are great!!

Thank you bunches!


Friday, September 12, 2014

40 Movies About Photography Every Photographer Should Watch

I've got a lot of movies ahead of me to kill this list but hey, that's what Netflix is for, right? I've only seen 5 of these with City of God and High Art being two. 

If you can guess what the other three are, I'm sending you a print. Leave your guesses in my Facebook page's comments. I'll go until someone gets it.

Here's the list of 40 movies to choose from.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Serious Talk. Seriously. -Interview time

Serious Talk. Seriously. recently interviewed me and the podcast is live! We cover a lot of territory in our conversation ---how living in Baltimore is like The Wire, non-traditional photography, my recent drugstore project, and Sac Open Studios which starts this week!

So plug in your ear buds and drown out your co-workers with a little art talk.

Johnny has interviewed a lot of other creative folks, too so check out those podcasts here.

That's Johnny in the photo, working his sound magic right after the interview. And yes, that microphone loomed large during the interview.  The drawing that he mentions buying on the spot because he liked it so much, is hanging behind him.

Okay, go give it a listen.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Getting Prints Ready

Getting ready for CAST Sacramento Open Studios! Laying out prints to frame and I'm half way through. It's taking longer than than I thought but I really like how the framed images look! Seeing how they are relating to each other is a lot of fun.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Open Studios

In two weeks I’m opening my art studio so come by and say hello if you can. It would be great to see you.

I’m opening it up through the CAST Sacramento Open Studios event. There are 38 other studios open that weekend so there will be art all over. Here are the details...

Sat. 9/20/14 and Sun. 9/21/14
10am – 5pm
Studio #207
Free – open to the public
Map and Guide

Donna Napper, Curator of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art selected me for inclusion in her Curator's Picks for Open Studios – I am so excited (and honored) to be on her list!

I'm really excited because I'll get to share a new project with you called Processing the Drugstore - where I made photograms completely inside a drugstore, from start to finish.

And, there will be a few other photogram goodies including the some made using foxfire, a bioluminescent fungus that I grow.  

Oh, and please come to the opening reception for the Open Studios Exhibition on Thursday 9/11, 6-9pm at Verge Center for the Arts. It’s free and I have a piece hanging in the show! The opening will coincide with the opening of 343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project by Mary Younnakof which is a super project, too.


P.S. Look for the red yard signs during Open Studios!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Critic's Pick

Just found out that I was selected as part of Donna Napper's Curator Picks for the CAST 2014 Sacramento Open Studios! Yay! Donna is the Curator for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art so it is an honor to be a part of her artist selections. The printed Open Studios Guide with the Curator's Picks write-up will be out in early August. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pinhole Camera Workshop

Pinhole Camera Workshop - taught by Me!

Location: Delta Workshop, 2598 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
Thursday, April 24, 5:30-8pm & Saturday, May 10, 5-6pm (optional) • $45
Register here
Note: this is a 2-session class (second session is optional)   
Celebrate Pinhole Photography Day by making your very own pinhole camera with me! In this workshop you’ll create a pinhole camera from a Jell-O box that uses 35mm film. This workshop is specifically designed to show you how to make pinhole images the old fashioned way and without needing access to a darkroom. You’ll leave the workshop with a pinhole camera and a roll of film so you are ready to go shoot your heart out on Pinhole Photography Day, April 27, 2014.

But that's not all....

On Saturday, May 12 (Second Saturday) everyone in the class is invited to bring prints of their pinhole photographs and put them up for an informal art show at Delta Workshop. Check out your classmates' photos, share tips and tricks, and celebrate your artwork!

All supplies will be provided. The workshop is limited to 10 participants, so sign up now. The last alternative photo workshop filled up quickly. ----Update: Only a few spots left!

About the instructor: Kate Farrall is an artist who loves all things alternative photography. Her work includes printing Van Dyke Brown prints on fake fur, exposing photos through the mail system and growing bioluminescent fungus to make uncanny photograms. She has exhibited her work with the likes of Marco Breuer, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, Binh Danh and Ann Hamilton and she holds a MFA in Photography from the California College of the Arts, a BA in Art History, and BA in Photography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Sunday, March 09, 2014


I learned how to do caffenol film development recently. There is a nice graininess and it's great to be able to develop with caffeine and vitamin c --- chemicals that are much less harsh than typical and great for home use.

This empty party room in a old industrial sugar mill with its string of lights makes for a festive setting among the shop worn walls and warehouse windows.