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SolarFast Dye Experimental Workshop


Sat 10th February 2024, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Cnr Brisbane &
Wollumbin St


Event description – SolarFast Dyes – EXPAND YOUR ART PRACTICE WITH COLOUR



Time: 10.30am – 3pm (30 mins lunch break included – M||ARTS CAFE OPEN UNTIL 1PM)

Where: M||Arts Precinct, Murwillumbah, NSW
Ages: 16 +

Cost: $180 EARLY BIRD! (tools and materials included except as outlined below)
General admission: $200

“SolarFast dyes only develop colour and become permanent upon exposure to sunlight (UV). This unique property means SolarFast may be used to create remarkably detailed photographs, photograms and shadow-prints on paper or fabric by harnessing the power of the sun! Anything you place on the painted surface to block the light will create a printed impression in a matter of minutes, whether a solid object (toys, tools, plants, lace, etc.), a photographic negative (an image digitally printed onto a transparency)* or shadow (from folds in the fabric or a 3D object). SolarFast dyes are also great for painting, tie dyeing, screen printing, stamping, batik and more—no heat setting, chemical or steam fixing necessary. The dye leaves fabric completely soft to the touch. On paper, it has zero relief and will not affect the texture of the surface whatsoever, making it a powerful tool for mixed-media arts”.

(Text from Jacquard Products website, Accessed 21/12/2023)

Made by workshop participant – Beautiful colours!

Participants are to bring their own small selection of fresh foraged flowers, leaves, and/or pressed flowers and/or other items such as objets, lace, feathers, doilies, to utilise in their SolarFast prints. Please bring things to print on like a white t-shirt, cotton or linen fabrics and water colour paper pad. All other materials and equipment will be provided. I will have some pre-prepared acetate photographic negatives to use on fabrics and or t-shirts. Email me: if you have a t-shirt acetate request two weeks before the workshop.

Bring a white T-shirt!
Sponsored by Jacquard products, Images from Jacquard Products website.

Please BYO lunch, however, there are many eateries close by, such as the brand new M||Arts Bar will be open for cold drinks and cocktails from 10am – 1pm! Kate Harvey Cheese, (cheese shop with amazing toasties!), and you can buy cafe style food, sweets and good coffee on-site at the new M||Arts Precinct Coffee shop! M||Arts Bar and cafe closes at 1pm. There will be a lunch break at midday for 15 min sit down and stop work.

Please bring apron if you like and wear covered shoes. 

Katie Alleva is a local visual artist and teacher who has developed her cyanotype practice over the past five years. Katie is a dynamic, creative facilitator with extensive visual art knowledge and experience as a high school teacher and adult education. Katie Alleva holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (First Class 1A) in “creative research”, a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Sec. Education), a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, and a Certificate IV in Small business management. Katie recently exhibited at the peak body for printmaking and works on paper in Australia, the Print Council of Australia, in Melbourne’s Art Precinct.

“My art workshops are not just about teaching you an art technique. They are embedded with encouraging a deeper connection to self and community. They promote self-compassion through understanding how unique mark-making is. That simply being your authentic self, in a safe and supportive learning environment, can foster positive healing through self expression. My workshops are designed to ignite the creative spark within you and for you to feel inspired, uplifted, connected and leave with ideas buzzing around for further creative endeavours!!!” Katie Alleva 

Advance bookings are essential via the ticketing link below:

Colour Selection
Workshop sponsored by Jacquard Products

Consider the colour possibilities of layering colours to create other colours. What happens when you try double and triple exposures? Build up layers to create abstracted imagery.

PHOTO ID. Image by Katie Alleva, copyright 2021. She has used cyanotype and violet SolarFast in a double exposure. The technique is called a photogram and wet cyanotype. Fresh ferns, petals and flowers are composed onto paper and then exposed to UV light (the Aussie sun!). The violet and cyan colours mix and merge to create an array of shades of light and deep purple, and Prussian blue, outlining the shapes and forms of the botanicals. Katie printed of a 55cm Kadhi Round hand made, acid free, cotton rag paper, 300 gsm.


Please choose wisely as there are no refunds except for the below condition.

What we can offer: Any participant cancellations, will be provided with a refund if we can successfully offer your place to another participant on our waiting list. In this case, the workshop cost, less a booking fee of 10%, will be refunded, once the replacement student has paid in full. This is at the full discretion of Katie Alleva. For unforeseen circumstances for cancellation please email: katiealleva@gmail.com This is at the full discretion of Katie Alleva.


Sponsored by jacquard products


$180 – $200 AUD + BF


Sat 10th February 2024, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Cnr Brisbane &
Wollumbin St

We wish to acknowledge the Ngandowal and Minyungbal speaking people of the Bundjalung Country, in particular the Goodjinburra, Tul-gi-gin and Moorung – Moobah clans, as being the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters within the Tweed Shire boundaries. We also acknowledge and respect the Tweed Aboriginal community’s right to speak for its Country and to care for its traditional Country in accordance with its lores, customs and traditions.