Original cyanotype art, manually made, on high quality cotton paper, with plants, sun, air and wind, spices for more colours, some elevated emotions and music…
I found cyanotype unexpectedly. In fact I can say that cyanotype found me and it was love at first sight. This magical technique of working with plants, with the sun, the wind and water, with all that elements that are ephemeral and eternal in the same time, fascinated me and made me introduce cyanotype in my current artistic practice.
Invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, cyanotype is a specific process that requires a natural material, commonly fabric or paper, to be coated in photosensitive solution – usually a combination of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. This results in blue mono-tonal reproductions of the photographic negative, commonly called a blueprint. The cyanotype originated as a popular form of photographic reproduction due to its inexpensiveness and accuracy, making it useful for architectural and scientific purposes Anna Atkins was the first to experiment cyanotype for other purposes. She created a series of cyanotype limited-edition books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection, placing specimens directly onto coated paper and allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is sometimes considered the first female photographer.