Consilience of Art & Science Exhibition by Kate Farrall

Good news! I have a bioluminescent, unique, chromogenic print in the Consilience of Art & Science Exhibition at The Pence Gallery! This Art/Science fusion exhibition aims to show creative work that explores the intersection between art and science; to foster communication between the arts and sciences; and to spark new ways of viewing the world and ourselves.

The opening reception is Friday, Feb. 12 from 6-9 PM and I hope you'll join me there. The dates of the exhibit are Jan. 19-Feb. 28, 2016.

Location: The Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sun 11:30 AM - 5 PM

I'm especially honored to have been chosen for inclusion by Shih-Wen Young and Sharon Bladholm who both have a deep and impressive background with science-infused work. Here's a little more about them...

Shih-Wen Young received his Ph.D. in Physics from Kansas State University and is currently a professor in Astronomy/Physics at American River College, California. He has been awarded several art and technology grants, including one from Foundation Tenot, France. Shih-Wen has collaborated with artists, musicians, dancers, and scientists on numerous projects. His work has been shown and published in various exhibitions, conferences and journals, including the Chinese Biennial 2008, The State Hermitage Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Kiev, Hall of Science, NYC, and the Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Shih-Wen recently finished his “Message in the Sky” project in Dubai, and Joshua Tree, which integrates art and astronomy as a public participatory project. The project will be displayed in Taiwan in 2016, and at the Honolulu Biennial in 2017.

Sharon Bladholm has coordinated the Opal Glass Studios in Chicago since 1983, creating complex work investigating the intersections of art, science, and nature, in glass, bronze, and ceramics. In addition to her large-scale installations of public art at the Chicago Botanical Garden, Shedd Aquarium, and several city parks, she creates ceramic sculptures and works on paper. Her current series, ORGAN-ic Inflorescence, is related to her interest in internal organs interfacing with botanicals. Her work has been impacted greatly by participating on science expeditions to study biologically diverse ecosystems of the Amazon.

Come check out the show if you're in Davis!

Artists Residency Sumbitted! by Kate Farrall

Okay, so I just submitted for an artist residency. Please cross your fingers and toes that it might lead to getting it. Even if it doesn't come through, it always turns out to be a good process to look at my work with a fresh perspective. I always feel like the tweaks to my artist statement or project goals make doing the application process worth it, even if I don't get it. ....but still, keep you fingers crossed because I'd really like to be able to do what I proposed with the opportunity that this residency will offer.

Botanica @ Bedford Gallery by Kate Farrall


Pleased to be a part of the Botanica-All Things Plant Life exhibition at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. It runs from 7/12 - 9/6. They really do good things there so stop in the next time you're over that way. For example, here's a clip of the Andy Warhol piece Bedford recreated That I saw when I dropped off my pieces. Neat, right?

More about the show... 

From 16th Century Flemish painters, to Cézanne and the Post Impressionists, the color and variety found in plant life, as well as the potent symbolism, has made it a popular subject for still-lifes and artist studies. Botanica asks artists to draw on these themes to create artwork that explores how plant life can be represented in a diverse reach of media. 

Botanica is an exhibition juried by Ken Harman, Director of Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA and MacKenzie Stevens, Assistant Curator of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Presence of Absence: New Work by Kate Farrall by Kate Farrall

April 11th to May 3rd, 2015

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 11th • 6-8pm
Delta Workshop, 2598 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95818

Come see the show! 18 all new prints are hanging at Delta Workshop until May 3rd!

Kate Farrall creates bioluminescent photographs that investigate memories, mistakes, inheritance and the decline of analog photography. As she hacks into the personal narratives of strangers, she re-casts their memories to consider their how their existence still has an impact even though they are long gone. She sees a correlation between photography’s evolution with that of memory and genetics. By cultivating a bioluminescent fungus called Fox Fire, she harnesses its communicative properties as a metaphor for the ever-changing state in which we hold memories, and the way genes mutate and photographs decay.

Small Showcase Exhibition by Kate Farrall

Stop into Delta Workshop this weekend, to celebrate the opening of Small Showcase, an Exhibition of Work Under 12” with me. Two of my bioluminescent photograms are in the show.

The opening is 6-8pm, Saturday, 1/10. Here’s the address for the gallery: 2598 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.

The show is a snapshot of artwork in the region at this moment by way of 35 artists. I admire the work of so many of the artists in the show, and my eyes were popping with excitement with the work I got to see during my art drop off.

Nature and landscape are themes in many pieces, and many of the artworks have materials and process as driving forces. Yep, my work falls into the latter category. :)

If you miss the opening, you can always catch the show until it closes on 3/7 during Delta’s normal gallery hours.

I just saw the show Secondhand at Pier 24 in San Francisco and it was so good that I want to see it again! It’s a photography exhibition featuring the use of found photos and images used in ways you’d never expect. I posted a few pics on Instagram/Facebook if you want to see my favs from the show.

See you soon!


Arm Knit a Scarf! by Kate Farrall

I have a small obsession with keeping my neck warm which has led me down the path of learning to arm knit. When I learn something so fun and new, I usually have to share it with people. So, on Wednesday, 12/17 from 6-8pm, I am teaching an Arm Knitting workshop!

Arm Knit a Scarf
Wednesday, December 17th 6-8pm • $45 at Delta Workshop in Sacramento

***Please note this is new date due to the severe weather.***

There are 4 spots left if you're feeling crafty. Sign up here to create a chunky, infinity scarf knitted on your arms in one night! Use it as a gift or keep it for yourself. You will seriously impress your friends and family with these but don’t worry, they’ll never know you made it in an hour.

In this class, you will:
  • Learn how to put your yarn stash to work!
  • Finally, the right pattern for that beautiful, chunky yarn.
  • Leave those fiddly knitting needles in the dust.
Get in on this no-needle knitting night! It’s perfect if you’ve taken the handmade pledge for the holidays or if you are in a last minute gift crunch. And, it’s a ton of fun.

No prior knitting knowledge is needed.

Hope you're all in for this fun night!


Did you see me on TV --- Showing people how to make vintage Photograms? by Kate Farrall

Good Day Sacramento Interviewing Me for the Cyanotype Scarf Workshop!
I recently did a cyanotype scarf workshop and the local news station featured it on their morning program! Here’s the link to the video of the segment. It was fun trying to get people hooked on photograms and the idea of photography without cameras.

Exposing the fabric cyanotype print. Feeling like Anna Atkins but without the poofy Victorian skirt.

Reporter, Cambi Brown, helping me bring in the exposed cyanotype scarf.

On air with reporter, Cambi Brown as I'm just about to dunk the cyanotype scarf into development.
The reporter, Cambi Brown and cameraman, Scott were really nice and we had a lot of fun with it all.

Check it out for a good giggle.


Cyanotype Silk Scarf Making coming up by Kate Farrall

Digital Rebellion!
Give your Hipstamatic a break. Try making a cyanotype printed scarf and get a feel for what photography was like long before the digital age. I'm teaching this fun workshop on 11/23 so sign-up!

Cyanotype Silk Scarf
Sunday, November 23rd 11-1pm • $50   
You’ll create a silk scarf using the very same Cyanotype photographic process that Anna Atkins, famed first woman photographer, used in the 1840’s. The shadows and silhouettes from the objects placed on the scarf create white and light blue highlights that are surrounded by a deep “cyanotype” blue.

Like sun prints, this is a photogram technique which means it does not use negatives or an enlarger, just objects and a scarf coated with a light sensitive cyanotype mix.
Use it as a gift or keep it for yourself. It is a great way to create art that you can wear. Once you learn the technique, you can create designs using a wide variety of materials—a great way to make a custom gift for the holidays.

No prior photography knowledge needed, and all materials will be provided. You will go home with one completed cyanotype scarf.

Please note: This is a weather-permitting workshop. If it’s too rainy, you’ll get the process demonstrated and have the materials to make your own at home on a rain-free day.

Sign up for this fun class!

Drugstore Photograms by Kate Farrall

Processing the Drugstore – a project where artist, Kate Farrall spent a lunch hour at the local drugstore buying supplies to make photograms (camera-less photo images) right in the store. She purchased the film and light-up objects then exposed the 35mm film in a light-safe bag that she created using a coat purchased there. The exposed film was then developed and printed in-store which means that these photos were created start-to-finish in the drugstore.

Consumer and producer are the roles Kate plays while the drugstore is also a participant in the production - without them, this project wouldn't be possible.

Watch the video. The resulting images follow the process you see on the video.

A big thanks goes out to my friend and artist, Amy Green, for helping to bring this project to light.

thank you open studio visitors! by Kate Farrall

Thank you to all of the 140 folks who came out to visit me during Sac Open Studios! It was such a fun weekend getting to share my work with you! And getting to say hello and reconnect with friends I haven't seen in a while.

I was in awe by all of great questions you had and was especially delighted to see people that came out last year visiting again. I got to see some of my little photo babies go to happy homes which means so much to me and it encourages me to keep challenging myself to make more and push the edges of what I create.

I was really flattered by the people who visited and then came back with their spouse or friend to show them my work. You guys are great!!

Thank you bunches!


40 Movies About Photography Every Photographer Should Watch by Kate Farrall

I've got a lot of movies ahead of me to kill this list but hey, that's what Netflix is for, right? I've only seen 5 of these with City of God and High Art being two. 

If you can guess what the other three are, I'm sending you a print. Leave your guesses in my Facebook page's comments. I'll go until someone gets it.

Here's the list of 40 movies to choose from.


Serious Talk. Seriously. -Interview time by Kate Farrall

Serious Talk. Seriously. recently interviewed me and the podcast is live! We cover a lot of territory in our conversation ---how living in Baltimore is like The Wire, non-traditional photography, my recent drugstore project, and Sac Open Studios which starts this week!

So plug in your ear buds and drown out your co-workers with a little art talk.

Johnny has interviewed a lot of other creative folks, too so check out those podcasts here.

That's Johnny in the photo, working his sound magic right after the interview. And yes, that microphone loomed large during the interview.  The drawing that he mentions buying on the spot because he liked it so much, is hanging behind him.

Okay, go give it a listen.


Getting Prints Ready by Kate Farrall

Getting ready for CAST Sacramento Open Studios! Laying out prints to frame and I'm half way through. It's taking longer than than I thought but I really like how the framed images look! Seeing how they are relating to each other is a lot of fun.

Open Studios by Kate Farrall

In two weeks I’m opening my art studio so come by and say hello if you can. It would be great to see you.

I’m opening it up through the CAST Sacramento Open Studios event. There are 38 other studios open that weekend so there will be art all over. Here are the details...

Sat. 9/20/14 and Sun. 9/21/14
10am – 5pm
Studio #207
Free – open to the public
Map and Guide

Donna Napper, Curator of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art selected me for inclusion in her Curator's Picks for Open Studios – I am so excited (and honored) to be on her list!

I'm really excited because I'll get to share a new project with you called Processing the Drugstore - where I made photograms completely inside a drugstore, from start to finish.

And, there will be a few other photogram goodies including the some made using foxfire, a bioluminescent fungus that I grow.  

Oh, and please come to the opening reception for the Open Studios Exhibition on Thursday 9/11, 6-9pm at Verge Center for the Arts. It’s free and I have a piece hanging in the show! The opening will coincide with the opening of 343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project by Mary Younnakof which is a super project, too.


P.S. Look for the red yard signs during Open Studios!

Critic's Pick by Kate Farrall

Just found out that I was selected as part of Donna Napper's Curator Picks for the CAST 2014 Sacramento Open Studios! Yay! Donna is the Curator for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art so it is an honor to be a part of her artist selections. The printed Open Studios Guide with the Curator's Picks write-up will be out in early August. 

Pinhole Camera Workshop by Kate Farrall

Pinhole Camera Workshop - taught by Me!

Location: Delta Workshop, 2598 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
Thursday, April 24, 5:30-8pm & Saturday, May 10, 5-6pm (optional) • $45
Register here
Note: this is a 2-session class (second session is optional)   
Celebrate Pinhole Photography Day by making your very own pinhole camera with me! In this workshop you’ll create a pinhole camera from a Jell-O box that uses 35mm film. This workshop is specifically designed to show you how to make pinhole images the old fashioned way and without needing access to a darkroom. You’ll leave the workshop with a pinhole camera and a roll of film so you are ready to go shoot your heart out on Pinhole Photography Day, April 27, 2014.

But that's not all....

On Saturday, May 12 (Second Saturday) everyone in the class is invited to bring prints of their pinhole photographs and put them up for an informal art show at Delta Workshop. Check out your classmates' photos, share tips and tricks, and celebrate your artwork!

All supplies will be provided. The workshop is limited to 10 participants, so sign up now. The last alternative photo workshop filled up quickly. ----Update: Only a few spots left!

About the instructor: Kate Farrall is an artist who loves all things alternative photography. Her work includes printing Van Dyke Brown prints on fake fur, exposing photos through the mail system and growing bioluminescent fungus to make uncanny photograms. She has exhibited her work with the likes of Marco Breuer, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, Binh Danh and Ann Hamilton and she holds a MFA in Photography from the California College of the Arts, a BA in Art History, and BA in Photography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

caffenol by Kate Farrall

I learned how to do caffenol film development recently. There is a nice graininess and it's great to be able to develop with caffeine and vitamin c --- chemicals that are much less harsh than typical and great for home use.

This empty party room in a old industrial sugar mill with its string of lights makes for a festive setting among the shop worn walls and warehouse windows.

Kate’s Bioluminescent Photograms in SF This Weekend by Kate Farrall

My new bioluminescent photograms will be shown this weekend as part of ArtSpan’s San Francisco Open Studios event! These prints are from my Hacking Photographic Memory series and many have not been shown publicly before.

I’ll be there along with eleven other amazingly talented artists. Come by and say hello!

Saturday, 11/2 & Sunday, 11/3


739 Bryant Street (between 5th & 6th Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94107

Lots of studios will be open so it’s easy to make a day of it. Here’s a link to the map and artists’ listings.

Pick up a Guide at my studio location and plan your tour around town. Or you can download the SF Open Studios App here.

I’ll be there to talk about my process and you can ask me in person why I use glowing fungus to make images.

If you know of other people that enjoy looking at art, please forward this invite to them.

Hope to see you soon if not this weekend!