Cyanotype Workshop with Josie Iselin
This one-day class on creating cyanotype photography with seaweed offers a fun, easy, and rewarding experience in printmaking using the cyanotype technique as well as an introduction to seaweed and algae ecology.
The cyanotype process, also known as the blueprint process because of its deep blue color, was first introduced in the early 1800s. Anna Atkins was one of the first people to put the cyanotype process to use and in the mid-1800s became the first person to produce and photographically illustrate a book using cyanotype printing.
Josie will describe the work of Anna Atkin’s first photographically illustrated book, British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, as well as her own work using the scanner and algae, as an introduction to the 3 1/2-hour, one-day class. You’ll also learn a bit about the algae and seaweeds themselves and a bit of the history of their ecology.
Josie will provide coated cyanotype paper and loads of specimens to use in making cyanotype prints as well as demonstrate how to make a cyanotype and offer suggestions. You’ll make your own modern cyanotypes, and go home with your very own cyanotype art, usually something frame-worthy.
For artists and scientists, this cyanotype workshop is rewarding. Experimentation is encouraged, no mistakes are possible in cyanotype art!
This workshop has a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12. Children over age 12 may sign up with a parent. $120 fee includes materials.
Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-455-5260
Josie Iselin is the author of numerous books combining the art and science of our oceans. Her newest book, The Curious World of Seaweed, was released August, 2019. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. Her writing and art focused on seaweed, kelp, and sea otter put her on the forefront of ocean activism, collaborating with scientists and groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. Through art, design and research Iselin celebrates the marine flora and brings thoughtfulness and stewardship to this realm of our oceans. You can often find her on various coasts at low tide exploring tide pools and investigating the intertidal realm.
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