Cyanotype printing (aka sun printing) is a process using sunlight to develop visually stunning photograms on paper. Join us for a Cyanotype workshop led by professional photography Tricia Rosenkilde, to explore the process of sun printing. Dive into the history of this ground breaking art form and create beautiful handmade works.
We’ll make our own cyanotype paper to create blue-hued photograms that could be great for a holiday gift. The prints are made by placing objects directly on the photo-sensitive fabric/paper, exposing it to sunlight, then rinsing to reveal an image. It’s truly magic!
In this workshop we will briefly review the history and impact of this printing process but leave plenty of time for experimentation.
You’re welcome to bring materials to photogram from home or the objects we provide. Beginners encouraged.
Each participant will walk away with a frame-ready, one-of-a-kind pieces of art that you can gift to friends and family, or keep for yourself!
This workshop will be led by fine art and portrait photographer Tricia Rosenkilde, faculty at International Center of Photography.
Participation is limited to 15 people, please RSVP HERE.
About NYPL’s Crafting the Collections: The brand new Crafting the Collections initiative is an opportunity to make beautiful works of art based on unique NYPL collections. See current workshops around all NYPL neighborhoods here.
Our fall Crafting the Collections workshops explore cyanotypes, first used as a photographic process by Anna Atkins in the mid-1800s. Atkins 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.
For more information on Anna Atkins check out these two exhibits celebrating her life and legacy at the Schwarzman Building or view her Photographs of Britsh Algae in the NYPL digital collection.