Cyanotype has always sat outside the common trope of photography as a means to produce realistic images. The combination of its specific limitations and advantages has led to a long and dynamic history, and modern developments with digital/analogue hybrids have opened up even more possibilities.
This online workshop will explore a variety of processes available to produce cyanotype prints. We will survey works by historical and contemporary artists and investigate how the choice of process affects the subject and the experience the image produces.
Each participant will be sent a kit with everything they need to make cyanotypes at home and participants are encouraged to explore a variety of different ways to block and bend light to create their own images. This workshop will result in an online exhibition in the PhotoAccess online gallery.
Session One: Silhouettes and Shadows, Tuesday July 12th, 7-8pm via Zoom
The session will provide a history of the process with a particular focus on the way it has been used to make camera-less prints such as photograms and blue prints. Using a variety of objects we will play with the way light is blocked or bent or passed through an object creating impressions of it silhouette, translucence or shadow.
Session Two: Positives and Negatives, Tuesday July 19th, 7-8pm via Zoom
Digital technologies mean it is now easy to produce transparencies from digital files. We will look at artists who use cyanotype to create hybrid works that combine modern digital techniques with this analogue process. We will also explore making positive prints from negatives and negative prints from positives.
Session Three: Blue and Beyond, Tuesday July 26th, 7-8pm via Zoom
Cyanotype is named after its blue colour; this session will look at examples of cyanotypes that directly acknowledge its colour as a part of the work. The blue of cyanotype is iconic, but the chemistry also lends itself easily to toning with common household ingredients. This session will explore a few ways you can turn your cyan prints into something more sepia.
Session Four: Drawing with Light, Tuesday August 2nd, 7-8pm via Zoom
In preparation for the Photo Access online gallery exhibition and pulling together all of the techniques and ideas presented in the previous weeks, participants will present their own ideas and examples discussing this relationship between the process and the subject and planning which works will be exhibited online.
A personalised materials kit will be sent out via mail to all participants for cyanotype print-making and ample experimentation.
Cat Wilson in an Australian born artist, currently based on the NSW South Coast. Cat has an Advanced Diploma in Dramatic Art from the VCA and worked as a theatre director for over 10 years before moving into video and photo media in 2009. Cat’s work explores the human relationship to the natural world and how our search for larger truths, through science and religion, are shaped by it. A fascination with repetition is also central to her practice and while living in Morocco from 2014 – 2017 she trained traditional in Islamic geometric design. Cat has had exhibitions at Craft Victoria, Dandenong City Council, Northcote Town Hall, and in Morocco.
Enrolments for this workshop close at 5pm on Friday 8th July, 2022. PhotoAccess reserves the right to cancel the workshop if there are insufficient enrolments. If we have to cancel, you’ll receive a full refund.
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