This practical workshop will introduce participants to the simple technique of Cyanotype using the rich collection of foliage and found objects in the Botanic Garden as inspiration. Participants will learn how to transfer botanical specimens, found objects, drawings and photographs into unique Cyanotype prints using a range of suitable papers and ready-made cyanotype sensitizer solution. There will also be the opportunity to work with pre-coated fabric. This course is suitable for all levels.
Cyanotype is one of the earliest photographic processes and was invented by Sir John Hershel in 1842. He discovered that ferric salts could be combined to create a light sensitive solution which could be applied to paper and used to transfer images. On exposure to UV light the light solution will harden and produce a photographic print of Cyan or Prussian blue tones. In 1843, Victorian botanist, Anna Atkins, used the technique of Cyanotype to document botanical specimens. Anna Atkins produced the first book to use photographic illustrations to document botanical collections. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to view one exceptional book, the ‘Sun Garden’ by Anna Atkins as well as the opportunity to discover how more contemporary artists are using the cyanotype process.
What to bring:
Please bring an apron, a pair of household rubber gloves, a selection of drawing pencils and opaque black pens and any prepared artwork. The tutor will provide a selection of pressed dried foliage, feathers, objects and ready prepared illustrations/photographs but feel free to bring in your own ready pressed foliage or objects. If you would like to work from your own drawings or photographs some simple preparation before the workshop would be useful and further information will be provided by the tutor.
Susie Turner works as a visual artist and educator, and specialises in Fine Art printmaking. She graduated in Fine Art Printmaking from Cambridge School of Art and gained an MA in Visual Arts and Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. The local natural landscape is a constant source of visual ideas and Susie often works directly with existing material, ‘found’ and ‘made’, that has the potential to change state over time or bears visual reminders of past activity. www.susieturner.com
Bookings for this course will close 11 July
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