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IWD: Laser cut printmaking from the archives

Darling Square Library
Darling Square Library
Levels 1 and 2, The Exchange, 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

Wednesday 8 March 2023 from 10:30am to 1:30pm


Adult: $60Concession: $48

Use images from the 'International Women's Day' photo collection curated by the City of Sydney Archive to create a laser-cut printing plate and print your image on our press.

Led by an experienced facilitator in the Darling Square Library makerspace and members of the City archive team, this workshop is a great introduction to laser-cut printmaking, the City of Sydney Archive and their 'International Women's Day' photo collection.

You’ll be guided through how to access historical images from the City’s Archive to make a laser-cut etching plate. Once you’re happy with your final design, we’ll help you print it on our small press. You’ll receive your etching and print during the class or by mail after the class.

What you’ll learn

  • How to access the City of Sydney Archive

  • Basic digital design using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (No prior experience necessary).

  • Tools including colour manipulation, image correction and filters to prepare your image for laser cutting  

  • Basic laser cutting and printmaking.

What you’ll take home

  • 1 professional laser cutting of your image and a print on printmaking paper. Designs are laser cut up to a maximum size of 15cm x 10cm.

  • If your design is not ready by the end of the workshop we will mail it to you.


  • Cost: $60Full / $48* Concession per person

  • Bookings and class limited – bookings are essential

  • Suitable for: Suitable for: Ages 16+

  • Experience level: Beginner workshop with no required knowledge

  • Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery

More information

Eligibility for concession price: The ticket purchaser must hold a valid NSW Pensioner, Senior or full-time student card. Valid proof of concession to be shown in advance or in person at the workshop. If valid proof of concession is not provided, the full rate will be required to be paid.

Bookings can be cancelled up to 7 days before the date of the workshop. Cancellations made within 7 days of the course starting will not be refunded. See terms and conditions here

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