In 1842, the astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered the cyanotype process, a photographic blueprint which was utilized extensively for its ability to quickly reproduce drawings and notes using the sun’s rays.
In this class led by former Darkroom resident Kate Ovaska, we will experiment with materials as surfaces for cyanotypes including: textured paper, unglazed ceramic tiles, wood, and fabric. By the end of the class, you will understand the chemistry behind a cyanotype print as well as how to prepare, expose, and develop them.
Audience: Open to all.
Materials: Please bring objects to the class that inspire you to make prints like pressed or unpressed botanical clippings, negatives, glass objects, beads, and other semi-transparent materials.
Kate Ovaska received her MFA from Columbia University and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She was awarded the CAA Professional Development Grant and the Fulbright Fellowship to Germany and is a former Pioneer Works. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.