Alternative Photography: Cyanotype for Beginners

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Taught by Jen Messier

Jen is the co-founder of the Brainery and lives in Flatlands with her partner and (too many) cats. She knows a little bit about a lot of things and can teach a lot of classes on the fly. Currently really into hydroponics, cyanotypes, and dyeing things poorly. 

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If you've ever wanted to experiment with cyanotypes--also known as blueprints--in a quick and easy format, this workshop is for you! We'll use pre-sensitized cyanotype paper, along with hand-painted sheets I've prepared in advance to create beautiful blue-hued photograms with very little muss and fuss. These prints are made by placing objects directly on the photo-sensitive fabric/paper, exposing it to sunlight, then rinsing to reveal your image. It's an incredibly fun activity with a lot of room for experimentation. 

During the workshop we'll:

  • discuss inspiration and ideas 
  • go over materials needed (thankfully not many!)
  • create prints using several types of surfaces

We won't focus much on the history or science behind the process in order to get you up and printing quickly, creating amazing photograms from nature and things you have laying around the house. And though we won't be working with photo negatives in this session, we will have some fun transparent designs to play around with. Everyone will make a series of test prints on each surface and as many additional prints on the surface of your choosing as time (and the sun) allows, which can be framed to create custom art.

You're welcome to bring materials from home or comb through our stash. 

Beginners encouraged! 

This class is weather-dependent and will be postponed if it's rainy.

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