• Cyanotype workshop with Sian Hughes

About the Artist/Exhibition

In another of our workshops with independent artists or craftspeople, we are delighted to host a cyanotype photographic workshop with Sian Hughes.

An introduction to Cyanotypes Workshop (part of the Wirral Festival of Firsts) on Saturday 8th July from 10.00am – 4.00pm


The charge for the day workshop including materials and refreshments is £30. Pre booking is essential as places are limited and all payment needs to be made in advance of the class.

We will explore the Cyanotype process using good quality Bockingford watercolour paper. This is the quickest way to understand the process. We will spend the first part of the morning producing single layer exposures and then double layering technique. This will enable you to become familiar with using the equipment. You will then be able to explore your own materials and designs .

The Cyanotype process was invented by John Herschel in 1842 and involves paper coated with light sensitive solution turns from yellowy green to grey under sunlight or ultra-violet light. Rich indigo colours appear when they are rinsed in tap water. Any objects placed paper or fabric leave behind a precise blue and white image.

It is quick – which means that experimentation is possible through layering various objects.The impact of the colour is quite stunning and the results are always positive.

We will be using vacuum packs to create a good contact between the paper and the materials, and light boxes to expose the pieces.

Sian will provide all the equipment and a range of materials for you experiment with, but you may wish to bring some of your own. Make sure materials are flat and not too bulky for the vacuum packs. Translucent items that let the light through work particularly well e.g:-

Garlic skins [but not dried leaves and flowers]
Home made papers
Home pressed fresh flowers and petals
Items with interesting ‘open’ patterns
Some feathers
Lace
Embroidery


Dense objects don’t allow light through but can create good outlines:-

Ferns
Grasses
Tomato tops, strawberry tops
Acetates and text on clear plastic
Black and white – but not colour – photographic negatives

Workshop places are limited so please book your place as soon as possible through the contact information on the Festival of Firsts website or email Barbara Singleton barbjsingleton@hotmail.co.uk
For more information on Sian Hughes
Information about the gallery building.
Fully accessible with specified parking or on street parking, accessible toilet facilities and adjustable work tables in the art room. Free wifi throughout the building. The Williamson Cafe offers excellent lunch options with a soup of the day and sandwiches made with local bread. Although all materials are supplied during the workshop, extra supplies of paper are available to purchase from ArtFix in the foyer, if you wish to carrying on experimenting at home after the class.

 

 

 

Exhibition

Dates : 8 July 2017
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Artist : Sian Hughes