Plant pressing workshops with the JHI

Following her successful workshop at the Hutton’s Open Farm Sunday in June 2017, Tina agreed to repeat the event at this years Open Farm held on 10 June at Glensaugh.  Soon after that, she was asked to hold workshops as part of the Institute’s presence at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.  Here are some of her thoughts and images of the events.

Tina writes ….

“Following a second plant printing workshop for Open Farm Sunday, this year at Glensaugh Farm in Fettercairn, it was a privilege to be invited to run this workshop for the duration of the Royal Highland Show. Located in the RHET building for the purpose of education, beside the James Hutton’s grow-a-tom-thumb-pea-plant stall my simple plant printing workshop again proved to be a success for children and adults alike.”

Selection of plant pressings produced by children attending Tina Scopa’s workshops at the Royal Highland Show 2018.

“Even the scientists showed great enthusiasm for the resulting prints, marvelling at the detail achieved and the ‘inkiness’ of the plant pigments. It was my first visit to the Royal Highland Show and I found it immensely enjoyable. The discussions I had with the James Hutton Institute scientists (from both the Invergowrie and Aberdeen sites) on plants, soil, microorganisms, and their interactions were particularly inspiring.

“Having just graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art for my work on plants and soil, it was a pleasure to engage in these deeper discussions sharing current scientific understanding on these topics. Through the plant printing workshop it was possible to ignite an enthusiasm for and interest in the wild plants that spring up around us.”


[Ed: in progress, to be continued…]