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PORTRAIT OF MINA HEYDARI-WAIT, 4 x 5" sustainably processed negative with hand-made coffee developer, 2023

Across The Landscape Exhibition 
Melanie King & Jess Holdengarde

 ~ a collaborative exhibition at The Margate School between Ramsgate based artist Melanie King and South African Glasgow based artist Jess Holdengarde. The show was a collection of natural based explorations that have culminated from the two artists sharing, exploring and building upon their existing sustainable practices with one another.

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FOR THE LOVE OF MOSS, installation of FB silver gelatin print & soundscape, processed & printed with handmade moss developer, collected from Loch Katrine, 40 x 50 inch, unique print, 2024. Stereo Audio: POLYMOSSPHONY, multitrack sonification of moss made with field recordings and modular synthesizer. Field recordings and voice by Jess Holdengarde. Modular synthesizer, recording and production by Kieran Heather, 2024 (33:00 minutes)

THISTLE BREW, 4 x 5" sustainably processed negative with new hand-made thistle developer created at The Island Darkroom, 2023 

The Natural Process: A newly funded research & development project taking place in 2023/24  

~ a newly funded period of research development to deepen & consolidate my interest in sustainable plant-based processes for analogue lens-based practices, in the context of a climate emergency.

This project will include a series of new, tested and refined natural recipes for analogue developing specific to Scotland's Landscapes -  filling a gap in knowledge in Scotland & building toward a new future resource for use by the sector.

I will be working with other artists, folkloric foragers and sustainable specialists in their field. 


The project kicked off in 2023 with the supported residency at Island Darkroom in the Outer Hebrides. Read more about my time there on their blog!

The Natural Process is supported by 
@creativescots and is allowing me to bring together natural methods, processes, theoretical research & sustainable photographic works into a new resource that will hopefully be available to purchase in 2025. Watch this space. 


Example Recipe: ​​

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