cyanotopi

This course is for artists, designers, photographers and art education teachers.

Price: 1200 kr
Place: Trykkeriet, Fjøsangerveien 70A
Sign up deadline: No later than Friday March 25th.

The cyanotype technique was first developed by Sir John Herschel in 1841/42 using different types of ironsalt which turned out to be light-sensitive to ultraviolet light. The discovery resulted in the cyanotype technique, also known as “Iron Prussian Blue Process”.

The inexpensive and relatively simple process was mainly used for reproduction of technical drawings for the crafts and industry (blue print), but also for photographic images among artists and amateur photographers during the 18th and 19th century. The technique is still popular because of the strong and intense color-tone (cyan blue), and for the many different possible uses for image development onto different materials.

The cyanotype process is also an introductory technique to the similar photo mechanical processes from the 18th century such as the Van Dyke and Gum print.

Every participant will produce one motif in A4 format. The instructor will prepare paper and textile ahead of time since it needs to dry overnight, however, the course participants will be able to practice sensitizing paper/textile which can be picked up at Trykkeriet at a later date, for use at their own studio.

The instructor will communicate with the course participants through email a week prior to the course in order to collect images in time for the course.

During the four hours the participants will learn:
– Sensitizing the paper and the textile
– Contact copy the negative to paper/textile
– Use direct sunlight (if there is any sun!), and use of an exposing unit.
– The course will qualify for studio rental, and to continue working independently at Trykkeriet.

Chemicals and printed films can be purchased at Trykkeriet for future projects.