Cyanotype Printmaking uses a solution of iron compounds to create Prussian Blue images. The process was discovered by William Hershel in 1841. It quickly became utilized by the engineering industry as it allowed rapid, accurate, low cost reproductions of architectural designs. This continued well into the twentieth century and the word Blueprint isfirmly secured within the English language as a term synonymous with plans and planning.
Somewhere hidden, wedged between the chemical formula and the scientific explanation lies the wonder and incredulity of images forming from sunlight and pigment. Here is a world of alchemy and unpredictability, where a cloud can be a friend or a foe. Shade and depth of color is defined by the season and the zenith of the sun. Your position on this big old globe takes on a new relevance. Here lies the ability to visually reinterpret the familiar, the routine -the local hedgerow, suburban gardens, the weeds under your feet- and capture a shadow, an outline, an essence. Master the science and a door opens wide for creative exploration.
Short Runs & Other Goods
Journals have a Cyanotype print cover on 300g rag paper, 20 pages and are hand stitched with linen bookbinding thread.
The pages within these books are recycled paper; inside may contain wrapping paper, vintage maps or a childs drawing waiting to be discovered.
Journals come in two sizes:
Listmaker, ideal for popping in a pocket. ( 9x12cm)
Bedside, designed for end of the day thoughts.(13x13cm)
Due to these being handmade, sizes may vary slightly. Journals are available through the shop. When ordering please state size and printed cover preference -Seedhead, Flower or Feather.
Tiny Zinc Frames.
A3 Edible Plants Print.
All Cyanotypes are produced on Fabriano Artisco 300mgs paper. This 100%rag ph neutral paper ensures excellent archival properties. Please contact me for further information on work currently for sale.
The Old Electric Shop, 10 Broad Street, Hay on Wye.
The Workshops take place in converted farm buildings. Humble by Nature is a working farm, located in the rural beauty of Penallt, a small village a few miles outside of Monmouth and on the edge of the Wye Valley AONB and ancient Royal Forest of Dean. Both the town and the surrounding area are well worth exploring and many options exist for staying in the area (including on the farm itself.) It is owned by TV presenter and author Kate Humble and for some more background on Kate's involvement and the history of the farm, see HERE
To date, all printmaking has taken place in a small home studio space.
Exhibition. New Leaf Gallery.
Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop.
4th December 2017 - 15th January 2018.
Showing work in this gem of a place hidden in the Wye Valley. The Shop is a Green Oak construction with a Solar Voltaic roof, and is an award winning community eco build, completely staffed by volunteers. See HERE for further information.