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The process involves mixing two chemicals to produce a light sensitive solution. This is then used to coat paper, wood or textiles. A negative or an object can be used to create a photographic image when exposed to sunlight or an ultraviolet light source.

SPW have all the facilities for making cyanotypes

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Cyanotype using objects to hold the light back.

A wide range of found objects can be used exploiting texture and shape with great subtlety. The emulsion can also be painted onto fabric for development as a textile piece.

cyanotype with stitching

Cyanotype using a photographic transparency.

Cyanotype using a photographic transparency

Cyanotype using a combination of transparencies and selective painting of emulsion

Cyanotype using a combination of transparencies and selective painting of emulsion

Cyanotype lends itself to a very flexible interaction of textile processes and printmaking as illustrated in this piece by Sue Douglas - 'Bag of Bits'

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Blueprint to Cyanotypes: Malin Fabbri and Gary Fabbri

Malin Fabbri, AlternativePhotography.com 2006

ISBN 978-1-4116-9838-3

If you are interested in alternative photography cyanotype is the easiest place to start. This excellent book gives clear and well illustrated step-by-step instructions. Available from www.alternativephotography.com.

Alternative Photography: Art and Artists Edition 1 by Malin Fabbri

Malin Fabbri, AlternativePhotography.com 2006

A good companion volume to Blueprint to Cyanotypes, this book explores the work of artists and photographers from around the world who choose to work in alternative or antique photographic techniques.