20.10.18 Workshop: Hydrographic Printing


Hydrographic Printing is the process of dissolving photographs on a body of water and transferring the image on to 3D surfaces by gently dipping the object into the solution.

Predominately used in a range of commercial and DIY applications, typically to transfer camouflage graphics on to military and hunting equipment, Oceans From Here artist Kai Wasikowski has adopted this technique to construct environments that address the natural world's continued struggle for recognition and protection.

This full-day workshop introduce participants to this fascinating process and encourage creativity as participants will create their own hydrographic printed objects. Participants will explore ideas of camouflage and illusion by rephotographing printed objects onsite.

This workshop is delivered in conjunction with Oceans From Here opening at ACP Project Space Gallery from the 7 September to the 20 October 2018.

Prerequisites and

  • No previous experience is required
  • DSLR or Compact-System Camera
  • Don’t wear ‘good’ clothes. There is a chance that clothes will get stained by chemicals or bring an apron/lab-coat
  • Closed shoes are mandatory in the darkroom - no sandals or thongs.
  • Note pad and pen


Building 1
National Art School
Cnr Forbes & Burton Sts
Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010


About Kai Wasikowski

Kai Wasikowski is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Sydney. In familiarising rapid environmental and technological change, Kai’s artistic practice maps an intimate relationship with the threat of impending ecological disaster and explores the emotional reverberations of a connection with such disproportionate scale.

Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours with University Medal) in 2016, Kai has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across Sydney, Regional NSW, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Berlin, Singapore and Canada. In mid 2017 Kai’s work was shown in Hatched: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts where he was awarded the 2017 Schenberg Art Fellowship and a year long Mentorship with Mikala Tai, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Currently he is working towards solo exhibitions in 2019 at  Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, Artereal Gallery, Sydney and Warnambool Art Gallery, Victoria. In April 2019 Kai will be undertaking a two month residency at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing and Xiamen.


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Image courtesy and ©: Kai Wasikowski, Realtree #2, 2017.