With an early summer truly upon us, we’re getting set for this year’s Cyanotype courses at the Badger Press ~ running on the 9th of June & 11th of August (2018). Always a studio favourite; the cyanotype process is simple in principle, but coupled with a bit of ‘know how’, the right set-up and an explorative mind, rich and refined visual outcomes can be developed.
At Badger Press, we’re blessed with a studio that can be simply adapted to produce (close to) full darkroom conditions. Utilising the existing division in our ground floor print-room, we add blackout blinds and a ‘walk-through’ curtain door to give us the perfect conditions to work with the photosensitive cyanotype chemicals.
Cyanotypes are produced by coating paper with a liquid solution of photosensitive chemicals before being exposed to UV light. Placing materials (with varying transparencies) between the paper and the UV light source effects how much light the paper is exposed to – resulting in tones from white (no exposure), to a rich cyan (full exposure) anything with degrees of transparency will create a full range of tone in the print.
On our Print Cyanotypes courses at the Badger Press, students cover the complete cyanotype process; from mixing chemicals and coating papers to experimenting with exposures and developing images. With the sun shining, we’re able to work outside, exposing in direct sunlight (hence the summer course dates). Exposing in direct sunlight enables you to watch images expose – with immediate effects. Exposure in sunlight also brings the exciting opportunity to expose with 3D objects! If the weather turns against us, we’re lucky enough to have a whopping A0 UV exposure unit in the studio; more than capable of running the exposures for the day.
Students are encouraged to experiment with a wide variety of light masking materials; from found objects to photographic negatives, hand-drawn and vector graphics (printed onto acetates). In the past, we’ve seen students bring anything from food packaging, quirky glass collections to children’s toys, even kitchen appliances. Traditionally cyanotypes have been used to record botanical features such as leaves, seaweed and flower forms but sourced imagery can be almost anything, both 2D & 3D!
For more information and to book your places on our upcoming courses visit the courses pages and follow the links through to the 2 dates.