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September 25, 2021 1:00–3:30 pm
Duke Arts Annex
Special Topics

An Introduction to Cyanotype Prints

Taught by Moriah LeFebvre

About the Workshop

In this workshop with Durham based artist, Moriah LeFebvre, participants will be invited to experiment with varied materials as they explore a range of approaches to the art of the cyanotype.

About the Instructor

Moriah LeFebvre is a mixed media artist who lives and works in her hometown of Durham. Moriah utilizes a range of media to explore various themes, including transience, identity, interpersonal connection, and home. Her artistic process often involves layering acrylic paint and a variety of materials to create a rich sense of texture and raised relief. In the case of her ongoing series, “Hometown (Inherited)” (2014-present), she explores the changing landscape of Durham through photographs that she has shot, printed in fragments, collaged in layers, and painted.

A recipient of a 2015 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Award and 2019 David and Elizabeth Roderick Scholarship Award, LeFebvre explores how visual media can be used as a site for historical memory. As the 2020-2021 Kenan Graduate Arts Fellow, LeFebvre spent a year illuminating the struggles and the resilience of the substance-abuse recovery community during COVID-19 through a series of ink drawings and cyanotype prints which pair words from text messages with imagery. While earning her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke, Moriah expanded her ability to tell powerful stories through blending analog approaches and experimental media. In her thesis film, by & by, Moriah LeFebvre utilized handanimation techniques to juxtapose the story of her great-grandmother’s twin boys, whose lives were lost to eclampsia in China in 1919, with that of her own twin boys, who survived the same fate a century later in the United States.

As an instructor at institutions ranging from the Durham Arts Council to Durham Technical Community College, Moriah loves to serve as an intermediary between people and art, sharing with others the passion for the thing she loves most.

About the Location

This workshop will meet in the Duke Arts Annex: get directions.

Address: 404 Gattis St, Durham, NC 27701

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email DukeCreate@duke.edu if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).