Cyanotype Demonstration on August 9, 2008
at the Harbor Village Gallery
On Saturday, August 9th, Lis Schwitters gave a demonstration about the Cyanotype process at the Harbor Village Gallery. In this hands-on demonstration, interested participants learned about its history and created their own postcard sized Cyanotype Prints.
The English astronomer Sir John William Herschel (1792-1871) invented this photographic process in 1842 as a method for copying his mathematical notes much like how we now use a copy machine today. In this demonstration, watercolor paper was used to support the Cyanotype chemicals and the Sun was used to create the exposure. Plain water is the only element needed to develop and “fix” the print.
The uses for this process are only limited by the artists’ imagination. One can use it on any surface that will except the chemicals and can be submerged underwater. Cyanotypes on fabric used for quilting is a very popular use as well.