Even the drive to Angie's cottage near Weymouth was idyllic and only the beginning of a wonderfully inspiring day. For some time I had been thinking of taking a course in lampshade making and in cyanotyping; to find them both wrapped up in one course for a very reasonable price was very exciting.
Angie asked us to gather plants and natural material to bring with us and, after talking us briefly through the history of cyanotyping, including its use as the method for making blueprints, we got to work with several trial pictures, placing our natural material on to chemically treated light-sensitised watercolour paper and taking them to develop in the sun in Angie's garden. The results were really inspiring and I was surprised that I had been able to create something that looked that beautiful.
We progressed to making prints on light-sensitised material, in readiness for making the lampshade. After a trial run, it was time to create the final piece of indigo-coloured material for the lampshade. Making the lampshade seemed easy because Angie gave each of us her individual attention. It was clear that no-one was going to fail on her course and with a gentle approach guided us each to success.
I went with my mother and we both enjoyed the day so much. Angie is quietly spoken and a good and inspiring teacher.
The nice thing about cyanotypes is that the method produces results you are not able to foresee. The indigo background together with the pale blue or white shapes created by the plant materials make each creation inspiring and trendy. (One lady on the course brought some cut-out hare shapes which she used to great effect.)
This is an incredibly inspiring experience, exceptional value for money and at the end you get to take home your trial pieces on watercolour paper and material and your lampshade.
If money is an issue, you can make a small but beautiful tall tea light holder.
I would recommend this as one of the best Christmas or birthday presents for a friend, family member or yourself.
And, the wonderful thing about Angie's courses is that they generally take place on sunny days with a beautiful blue sky. Uplifting!
Response from Sunlight & Blue Cyanotype & Lampshade Workshops:Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Claire.
Spent a wonderful afternoon making a lampshade and many experiments with lengths of paper and fabric. We learnt about the technique and with Angela's calm manner and encouragment, felt confident to have a go and try different objects and materials. We had so much fun and excitement when seeing what everyones efforts looked like. Some really surprising results. Highly recommended especially in a group.
Relaxed informative and productive. Two hours of experimental workshop. I would certainly recommend.
I spent a most enjoyable morning with Angela who organised everything we needed for the class, including the sun. I experimented on both paper and fabric and trialled a number of different objects - seed heads, photos, stencils - and different exposure times.
It’s a fascinating technique which Angela explained extremely well. I look forward to further experiments.
I had been longing to do the cyanotype printing course for a long time and finally managed to do one this morning!
Angela was great, really took time to explain everything and come up with suggestions.
A great laid back atmosphere, and I’m happy to say I’m pleased with my results.
I will definitely be attempting this on my own!
This course was fabulous. It is hard to say anything new that hasn't already been said in the reviews above. Angela is an excellent teacher, she provided all the materials and had prepared well in advance. She explained the process very clearly and organised everything very well, (even the sunshine). I met two lovely people and we all went home with results we were pleased with. I have ordered the materials and I will be continuing to practice this process.
Great fun and great results.
Angela explained the process well and this interesting workshop just flew by. Angela had prepared some photos for us in advance so we managed to do organic and photographic images. We came away with loads!
If you like active crafting and super results you’ll enjoy this workshop.
We were very lucky to have a bright day in September to do our Cyanotype workshop. Angela provided all the materials for our lampshades, we just had to provide the decoration. Everything was well organised and Angela was an excellent teacher - very patient and good fun. Lovely way to pass a morning with friends and you get a lovely, unique lampshade at the end of it.