Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021
Alongside the presentation of her moving image work Unctuous Between Fingers (2019) at St Andrew’s Art Centre, Bryony Gillard has created a seaweed pressing video guide. Similar to flower pressing, seaweed pressing is a simple process to flatten and preserve seaweed specimens. Stored in the right conditions, pressed seaweeds can last for hundreds of years and conserves important biological data. A popular pursuit in the 1800 and early 1900's 'seaweeding' was often a women's pastime, many committed female 'seaweeders' made important contributions to marine botany. Unable to publish their research in their own names, they often passed their findings on to their male counterparts, but their collections live on in herbarium collections all over the world. Easy to learn but tricky to perfect, seaweed pressing is a brilliant way to get to know seaweed's qualities and taxonomies. How to press seaweeds, a video guide is available to watch online through Estuary 2021.