WHAT IS A CYANOTYPE?

Cyanotype is an almost 180 year old early alternative photographic process which produces prints in a distinctive dark blue.

Two chemicals are used in the process which, when mixed together, react to UV light/sunlight to create a colour known as Prussian Blue - named for the colour of the Prussian military uniforms.

Anna Atkins - widely regarded as the first female photographer - chose to use cyanotype for what is considered to be the first work with photographic illustrations; she created photograms of algae and later of plants and ferns. (A cyanotype photogram is created by placing objects directly on to a piece of paper coated with the chemicals which is then exposed to the UV light or the sun. When washed, the area covered by the object remains white).

Later, the cyanotype process was used to create copies of technical and architecture plans; these copies were called blueprints. Even though the process is no longer used for them, any construction document or detailed plan is still referred to as a blueprint.

As a result of this type of process, every print is unique.

 

Each piece of paper is carefully hand-coated and exposed in the natural Scottish sunshine (when available!) or the darkroom - no two are ever the same.

 

Textural imperfections an colour variations are therefore inherent to each book's charm but each one is made to a high standard, with care and consideration to make sure you love your cyanotype creation as much as we do!

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