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Monday, March 17, 2014

PARKS & GARDENS, JEZ EDEN

A TOUCH OF HONESTY
A5 Cyanotype process image
 - Jez
Two weeks ago Dev and I went on a one-day Cyanotype workshop with Sian Hughes, Cyanotype Artist, at the Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport.  We created quite a number of different pieces in varying sizes, and this image includes remnants of dead stems and an honesty seed.
 
Sian explains the process much better than I could, and this is what she says about it on her website:

This camera-less photographic process was developed in 1842 by the scientist John Herschel. Paper coated with a light sensitive solution turns green. When this is exposed to sunlight or ultra violet light it changes to a rich indigo.  Objects placed on the paper, blocking the light, leave precise white photographic images

It has taken until now to decide to sort out my images from the workshop, and I shall be posting more examples on my blog some time this week if you are interested.

10 comments:

  1. Jez, i have never heard of this process before and this is very interesting for me. I surely would like to see more of your images. The image you shared reminds me of things seen under a microscope. Very cool invention!

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  2. Jez, I am impressed. I dont know this process, but I am waiting for more.

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  3. This sounds such a great process. Thanks for sharing, I'll be looking this up. This is a wonderful piece, I Love that colour.

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  4. Many years ago I bought some paper like this and planned to use it with my class of elementary students. The paper disappeared and I never got to try it. It looks so interesting. Nice!

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  5. I think you may have bought 'Sun Print' paper. About 12 years or so ago I bought some Sun Print paper (a simpler version that produces the same effect) to use with my granddaughter who was about 8-10 at the time. We just put the specially prepared paper on the ground, put a feather or some flowers on top, and left it in the strong sunlight for a while. It gave some good effects. I realised that I probably still had the packet with some unused paper in the 'miscellaneous file', and managed to find it. It will be interesting to see if it still works after all these years. You can buy the Sun Print paper on the internet, and also the cyanotype materials but they include chemicals - or pre-prepared paper.

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  6. What a lovely way to capture the essence of nature! Thanks for the explaination. I will check your blog to see more.

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  7. The stems make such a lovely pattern. Great new technique.

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  8. Great print you got from it! My son and I did some of this once in homeschool, years ago. I think we used treated fabric but I don't remember for sure.

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  9. Lovely. Monochromatic color scheme really pops.

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  10. How interesting this is. Very impressive.:)

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