Seeds through an Artists Lens with Sophie Munns

Course Overview

This workshop offers you, whether highly experienced or quite new to Art, an enlivening approach for exploring a fascinating diversity of Seed material from various habitats.

You are invited to bring along native Seed material from your local area to add to samples we can work with.  Mixed media & paper will be provided… with exercises designed to guide and prompt wide-ranging experimentation. In no time you’ll be immersed & interpreting the world of seeds with ease. Bring along a smart-phone/digital camera and journal & we’ll examine numerous processes for working visually to capture the wonders of seeds, pods and capsules.

You will gain an Artist’s view into the world of Seeds, Conservation & Science in a relaxed and enjoyable series of sessions that will give you glimpses of fresh ways to work with the unique world of seeds  … allowing you to reflect further on the land where you live & the Seed material waiting there to discover up close in your own time.

Material Fee payable to Sophie is $30

Teacher Profile


Sophie’s work has long reflected an interest in bio-cultural diversity over several decades.

Sophie Munns launched the Homage to the Seed project when 2010 Artist in Residence at Brisbane Botanic Garden’s ‘Seeds for Life’ Lab, following with a residency in Oct 2011 at KEW Millennium Seedbank in West Sussex, UK; May 2012 at the Institute for Molecular Bio-Science, UQ, Brisbane & Oct, 2012 at Cairns Botanic Gardens, Far North Queensland.

Residencies at PlantBank, Australian Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan, NSW took place in May, 2014 & 2015 & January 2016. The Workshop Program “SEEDS THROUGH AN ARTIST’S LENS” was initiated at Plantbank, May, 2015 & is now being offered in varied venues & interstate locations suited to exploring Seeds & Biodiversity through Art.

Materials List


+ Journal / visual diary – already in use is fine.

+ smartphone/digital camera is a necessity.

+ small scissors, glue, sticky tape, pencil – IF you want your own on hand.

+ artline pens are great for journal notes & quick drawings.

+ seeds/pods if you like to collect.

+ can be handy to BYO newspaper, paint tray (eg recycled polystyrene) & water container.

+ IF you wish to add a simple textile element to your artist book experimentation in the afternoon  … bring a needle, thread, very small fabric sample of either linen, calico, cotton or muslin. NB Better still … you could follow through at home later with this process.

+ a favourite mixed media item if you wish – inks, coloured pencils, watercolours.

+ if you have loose bits of good quality papes at home you could add to the kit.

REMEMBER art materials are supplied … no need to bring much from home…the list is simply a suggestion of things it might suit you to have with you.

NB: You will be introduced to using Art Spectrum WHITE pigmented ink & rigger brushes (size 2) for the artist books  if you already have these things or want to bring your own: a rigger brush, about $4, is ideal with ink as it’s a long, narrow brush and holds ink so it flows well.

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.

Timeless Textiles Gallery


Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia


12 Aug 2018


09:30 AM - 04:30 PM





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