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Cyanotype – Collecting and Connecting

Happy World Cyanotype Day.

Cyanotype is  an alternative photographic technique  invented by John Herschel in the early 1800s. His niece, English botanist Anna Atkins, is regarded as one of the first female photographers’due to her photographic explorations and discoveries that contributed significantly to the evolution of photography. The cyanotype process involves placing objects, such as  leaves , on paper coated with light-sensitive chemicals and then left in sunlight.

Botanists recognised the usefulness of the cyanotype technique for recording the details of plant structure and for capturing and recording information of fragile dried specimens. Atkins could make her significant contribution because she already had an extensive botanical collection, and had experience of botanical publication. She recorded and published many of her own specimens in her book: Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, which included more than four hundred photographs .


Atkins’s stunning botanical prints were the botanist’s means of understanding and settling a curiosity with her direct surrounds, thus creating a relationship and understanding with the natural world. I too engage the use of cyanotype processes to document and understand the unfamiliar natural surrounds I encounter in my travels and  have been making cyanotypes on the rooftop garden at Kominatus Salihara where i am an artist in residence as a part of the Melbourne University Collaborative cross cultural exchange program.


A series of samples on paper, silk and canvas resulted from this experimentation of making  cyanotype prints with the  leaves gathered i and objects made in Indonesia . Upon my return to Australia, I continued to experiment with these samples, as well as making new ones, dyeing these prints using plant dye baths from common Northern Territory plants such as eucalyptus and mangrove leaves.



2019-11-05T23:14:09+09:30 October 28th, 2019|

Arafura Connect- A Temporary Public Art Project for the city of Darwin, Feb- MAy 2019

City of Darwin launched the Febuary installment of their CITYLIFE Platform outdoor illuminated public art program  with the opening of a new exhibition: Arafura Connect – from Mangroves to Mudflats. The exhibition is by local NT artist Aly de Groot and is comprised of 10 of her works which emulate the sea-life and coastal environments found in the proximity of the Arafura Sea, including Nightcliff Beach where she lives  and Groote Eylandt where she works at the Anindilyakwa Art Centre.

“The works are about connecting to places, different and familiar. They result from my passion for protecting and preserving the sea habitat and marine life we are so lucky to be surrounded by” said de Groot.

Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis  was  thrilled that the artworks wiere be on display across the city in the lead up to, and during the Arafura Games.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to extend the theme of the Arafura Games and really bring it to life in our public spaces .Aly’s work is a celebration of our beautiful Arafura coastline and we are proud to offer a platform to showcase these works to the community and to those who will be visiting our city during the games” said the Lord Mayor.

The  opening event was  held at the Foreshore Café, Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff  on Febuary 10, 2019.

City of Darwin Council Alderman Robin Knox launched  the event, which included a Welcome to Country by Larrakia Elder Bilawara Lee. The opening event also included the launch of a creative collaboration by local film producer Timothy Parish and Darwin music producer Gaia Osborne, who worked with the artist on a short film to present and promote the artworks. The 10 illuminated artworks were on show at The Mall, Chinatown Car Park and Nightcliff Pool, until May 2019.

2019-11-05T22:52:59+09:30 February 24th, 2019|