Exploring Experimental Cyanotypes

Exploring Experimental Cyanotypes

Exploring Experimental Cyanotypes


July 20, 2024    
10:30 am - 4:30 pm


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This is an opportunity to play and experiment, to push cyanotype photograms beyond the traditional
blue and white. If you enjoy the unexpected and embrace the uncontrollable this is the workshop for

Cyanotype (or sun printing) is an historic photographic process first invented in 1842. We will begin
with traditional cyanotypes which create white silhouettes on a solid blue background. Then we will
start adding water, exposing the chemicals whilst they are still wet and introducing a few more
household ingredients changing the end results. Every print is unique and unrepeatable.

We will be using water, white vinegar, washing up liquid, bicarbonate of soda and a few other
ingredients to introduce different tones, textures and colours to botanical cyanotypes. It can get
messy so wear old clothes or bring along an apron.

We’ll be using cyanotype chemicals painted onto watercolour paper and a selection of leaves,
flowers and ferns. All materials will be provided but if you have a favourite plant, flower or fern
frond bring it along and make your own truly unique photograms to frame and treasure.
This is not a technique for the perfectionist but the resulting prints are truly original.

Everyone will leave with at least one print to take home.

All materials an refreshments included. Please take along a packed lunch.

About Jill:

Jill Welham is a printmaker and self-taught cyanotype artist, in 2019 she was the overall winner of the International Garden Photographer of the Year with one of her wet cyanotype prints. Jill works primarily creating both traditional and wet cyanotype photograms using botanical specimens that she collects from her garden and surrounding countryside. Her images have been exhibited internationally and many of her original cyanotype prints are in private collections around the world.

Jill completed a yearlong project to create a body of work using plants and flowers collected from the walled garden of Burton Agnes Hall, a historic country house in East Yorkshire, UK. The completed work was exhibited in the Garden Gallery at the Hall in 2021.

She now lives and works in Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands and makes her work outside in her garden, using only the sun to expose the images.

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