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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.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Friday, November 01, 2013

Kate’s Bioluminescent Photograms in SF This Weekend

My new bioluminescent photograms will be shown this weekend as part of ArtSpan’s San Francisco Open Studios event! These prints are from my Hacking Photographic Memory series and many have not been shown publicly before.

I’ll be there along with eleven other amazingly talented artists. Come by and say hello!

Saturday, 11/2 & Sunday, 11/3


739 Bryant Street (between 5th & 6th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94107

Lots of studios will be open so it’s easy to make a day of it. Here’s a link to the map and artists’ listings.

Pick up a Guide at my studio location and plan your tour around town. Or you can download the SF Open Studios App here.

I’ll be there to talk about my process and you can ask me in person why I use glowing fungus to make images.

If you know of other people that enjoy looking at art, please forward this invite to them.

Hope to see you soon if not this weekend!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

open studio

Thank you to everyone who came to my studio to say hello during last week's Capital Artists' Studio Tour! It was great catching up with old friends and making new ones, and of course chatting about art all weekend. Here are a few visuals from the studio last weekend....

Monday, September 16, 2013

See Kate's Art - Capital Artists' Studio Tour

Come out and see my work on the Capital Artists' Studio Tour. Yep, the same one you read about in September’s Sunset Magazine.

Sat. 9/21 and Sun. 9/22
10am – 5pm
Studio #212
Free – the Tour is open to the public
Map and Guide: www.CASTsacramento.org

I’ll have my recent bioluminescent-based photogram work, from my Hacking Photographic Memory series, on view along with artwork from my photogram mail-art series, Letters to Myself.
Curator of Contemporary Art at the Crocker, Diana Daniels’ selected me for inclusion in her Dare Tour of the Expanding Local Arts Scene – an honor to be picked!

I’ll demonstrate my process and answer questions both days of the tour.

There will be over 40 other studios open so you can make a day of it.


P.S. Watch me get ready for the Tour on Facebook or Instagram!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

sometimes a pasty face looks good

greeted by this fun sign yesterday! it made me hungry for this savory baked pasty dish. i think its great that they are a holdover from pioneer times here, originally brought by the Cornish immigrants. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

gun shot in pink

a bioluminescent photogram of a stranger's memory, transferred to me. faces obscured by the gun smoke are interesting. perhaps it's practice for a hunt. without a choice in the matter, I've already started to change that memory so it's become my own.

Monday, August 12, 2013


so I've gone and done it. that's right, i signed up for the Capital Artists' Studio Tour! 

Mark Sept. 21 & 22 on your calendar to come by to say hello. I'll have new work out along with a few fun surprises. 

Details can be found on the CAST website: www.CASTsacramento.org