Alternative Processes: cyanotypes/Chemigrams/Photograms

Sayako Sugawara is a London-based Japanese artist working with photography, moving image and installation, who is teaching some of our Alternative Processes workshops. The tactile aspect of the working process is essential in her practice and the focus of her teaching, she will be delivering workshops on Cyanotype, Chemigram, Photogram and Pinhole Photography. As a freelance educational artist Sayako has worked with Camden Arts Centre, Photofusion and Cricklewood Library and facilitated enrichment programmes in various secondary schools in London.

These workshops (half-day or evening) will appeal to those who might only have taken photographs with their phone or a digital camera as well as the more experienced analogue photographer who is looking to explore new techniques.

New! Chemigrams £60 

The chemigram process exists somewhere between painting and photography.

This three-hour workshop will explore how everyday household items such as coffee, lemon, toothpaste etc. can be used to create mysterious and surprising images. Expect the unexpected!

No previous photography or darkroom experience necessary.

All materials required to produce six prints included in the fee (additional paper available to purchase on the day, or bring your own).

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On November 30th we are offering participants the opportunity to book for an extended Chemigram session; a three-hour Workshop followed by a three-hour Access session to continue working independently with supervision on your own work.

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Image: Sayako Sugawara

Image: Sayako Sugawara

new! Photograms £60

This three-hour workshop will introduce the fundamentals of the darkroom process of photogram.

Taking inspiration from old masters and contemporary artists, we will look at both contemporary and classic examples of this kind of work.

After a brief history and practical introduction to the technique, the workshop will explore the creative possibilities that this simple interaction of light, objects and light sensitive paper offers.

Participants are invited to test and consider the potential outcomes on the everyday objects and materials they bring along, and enjoy this transformative process.

No previous photography or darkroom experience necessary.

All materials required to produce six prints included in the fee (additional paper available to purchase on the day, or bring your own).

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Image: Sayako Sugawara

Image: Sayako Sugawara

Cyanotypes £60/Extended session (see below) £100

This workshop will begin by introducing a brief history of the Cyanotype process. Looking at old and new cyanotype works for inspiration, participants will learn how to coat the paper and create exquisite Prussian-blue images. 

The methods practically explored will include placing objects or an acetate negative directly onto coated paper, processing it, and even toning participant’s magical prints.

If you wish to work with an acetate negative please e-mail digital files at least a week in advance. If you would like to bring your own objects, leaves, flowers etc., for the photogram, to produce really personal results, please do!

No previous photography or darkroom experience necessary.

All materials required to produce six prints included in the fee (additional paper available to purchase on the day).

Book here

Images: Sayako Sugawara

Images: Sayako Sugawara