Precious Finds

Precious Finds

SALA 2021
This exhibition explored the concept of “Precious things” in the minds of young children.
As a child I spent hours collecting the feathers of local birds, heads of seeds, fallen blossoms and other little bits of interest I came across. Finding some of these objects hidden in boxes of childhood memories made me realise how unique the regions little details are and has sparked a desire to explore what draws children to hold these objects of beauty or curiosity dear to them.
Many of these objects lend themselves beautifully to the creation of Cyanotype prints, and it is by this process that the children of the Crystal Brook Kindergarten community were given the opportunity to create a piece of art that preserves the experience of collection and arrangement of these precious things.
This exhibition was a celebration of curiosity and creativity by Crystal Brooks budding new artists, curated and supervised by local photographer Mark Zed.
This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia. 

The Exhibition

Sunday 15 August 2021 10am-3pm
Crystal Brook Institute

21 Bowman St, Crystal Brook

Friday 3 September 2021- Sunday 12 September 202

Bowman Park Function Centre

Bowman Park, Crystal Brook SA

Gathering of materials

The Precious Finds

The procurement of objects to create the compositions is a big part of this project. Our trip to Bowman Park facilitated thee process of finding the objects used in the creating of the artworks, and encouraged a fascination and appreciation of the local environment.

Print Making

Sun printing

Each child carefully and creatively chose, trimmed and placed their objects on top of water colour paper.

This paper was pre-sensitised to UV light using cyanotype chemistry. The objects sandwiched between the frame and the paper block sunlight from reacting with the chemistry during the exposure time.

The exposure time allowed for the collection of water through the hand pump, and the children had a great time preparing the print trays ready to develop their images in the water.

The paper was then removed from the frame and placed into the water to develop into a negative image of the shadow cast by their objects.

A print process that is just a little bit magical, and hopefully unforgettable.