August 3–12, 2018

Painting with Natural Pigments with Catherine Shapiro

August 5 (Sunday)
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Artspeaks Tent
Workshop type: Hands-on
Cost: Free

Come experiment with different plants, pollen, minerals, soil and bugs. The workshop will involve making watercolours, egg tempera, oil paint, as well as teach soy-based techniques to work with indigo. Each participant will create a colour sample to take home. The workshop is suitable for all ages.

Participants can spend an additional hour and a half painting on pre-prepared fabric or paper after the workshop using the paint made that morning.

Catherine went to the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1960’s and immigrated to Canada in 1970. She settled in the Cariboo with her husband where they set up a printmaking studio and Catherine started gardening. In the 1980’s she began working on a multimedia project which expressed her growing knowledge of plants with a focus on women’s contributions to the development of horticulture. These interests lead her to make environmental works from plant materials that she foraged or grew including nettle, hemp, cedar, wisteria, artichoke, mallow, flax, abaca and bamboo. After making paint from indigo she experimented with other pigments using plants, cochineal (an insect), soils and minerals which are incorporated into a new series of cast paper sculptures and paintings.


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