Cyanotypes (SU2015)

A cyanotype is a contact print on light-sensitive paper, and is process that bridges photography and printmaking. When UV light hits treated paper, a reaction is triggered that forms an intense blue dye. Students will see historical examples of cyanotypes and demonstrations than explore the process hands on. Weather pending, students will create prints out of doors with sunlight, as well as with our NuArc platemaker. Images can be composed from found objects, cut stencils, drawn or digitally printed transparencies, and can be exposed onto any durable paper or absorbent fabric. Color altering will be introduced through reducing, intensifying and toning techniques. No previous experience necessary for this explorative, and playful process. Students will leave the workshop with many finished images and the ability to continue working at Spudnik Press or at home.