This workshop will introduce you to the historical alternative photographic of cyanotype printing process, one of the earliest forms of image making. Using the same method which the photographer Sir John Herschel introduced in 1842, the process explores the use of sunlight and shadows cast by natural objects placed onto light sensitised paper resulting in beautiful deep Prussian blue and white prints. This method of printing was famously used by the Victorian botanist Anna Atkins, who made the first photographic book using the cyanotype method of ‘blueprints’ to document and record different species of British ferns and algae.
Today, cyanotype printing is practised worldwide and used by artists who work with analogue photography to create beautiful prints on paper and any other surface which can be coated to produce the historical deep blue colour.
This practical based workshop will guide you step-by-step through coating the paper surface, exposing, and fixing your prints to take home and frame.
You will be introduced to a range of different materials organic and non-organic from which to create your own prints. However, you may wish to bring along any materials you would like to try printing with. Clear or see-through glass/plastic objects work well, small pieces of fabrics lace or netting etc.
The course runs from 10 am – 1 pm.
No prior experience is needed. All materials and protective equipment are provided. Please wear clothing suitable for gathering fresh material from hedgerows and a cloth apron to protect your clothing.
All of this will take place in the barn setting at Rushmere Farm Workshops.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Hearty vegetarian lunches are provided, with tea, coffee and snacks available throughout the day.
We recommend staying at least one night, it can be a tiring day, and you will enjoy relaxing into farm/woodland life. This can be booked, please contact us via the 'chat with the maker' button.
1 day (10:00am to 1:00pm)
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