Into the Blue: Explorations with Cyanotype with Molly Meng / Saturday, March 9th / 10-4pm
Learn and practice the "magic" of this monochrome printing process which produces cyan-blue colored prints. It’s a joyously fun day using this alternative solar printing process invented in the 1800's.
In this workshop, we will discuss the history of Cyanotypes, create bespoke images with solar-ready material and learn how to coat paper with the same chemical mixture Sir John Herschel invented in 1842 for this camera-less photographic process. Throughout the day, students will work with both fabric and paper to make lasting photographic imagery. You'll create works from the natural world, inspired by Anna Atkins, and experiment with composition using 3-d objects, acetate text, and vintage glass negatives. Students will also have the chance to experiment with different methods of toning and bleaching techniques which allow for altering the color and mood of the final print.
All materials provided for this workshop. Casual clothes recommended.
Participants are also encouraged to bring their own objects for this experimental printing process. Examples include: plants/flowers/leaves from your garden, lace, keys, safety pins, rubber bands, nails, gloves – anything that will create interesting patterns and forms.
Coffee/tea and breakfast snacks will be served, students should bring in their own lunch.