The Botany of Blue: Cyanotypes after Anna Atkins

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Event Overview

In 1843, botanist and photographer Anna Atkins self-published her first book of cyanotype photograms. The Botany of Blue commemorates Atkins, cited as the first woman photographer, and her scientific (and artistic) cyanotypes.

Cyanotypes are contact prints on light-sensitive paper, bridging photography and printmaking. UV light hitting treated paper triggers a chemical reaction that forms an intense blue dye. After looking at historical examples of cyanotypes and the work of Anna Atkins, students will explore the process through creating their own botanical prints. Working out of doors, students will use sunlight to make images from native flora, flower shop clippings and hand drawn transparencies. No previous experience necessary for this explorative, and playful process.

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All ages welcome

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Veronica’s first introduction to Spudnik Press was as a student in a Letterpress I class. She was quickly hooked; in addition to taking more classes she was Spudnik’s 2013 Summer Artist in Residence. Veronica joined Spudnik Press as Staff in Fall 2013 as Studio Manager. She holds her BA in Studio Art from Beloit College (2006) and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee (2010).

Though it was intaglio that first got Veronica interested in printmaking, she enjoys a variety of processes and can often be found making cyanotypes and books:

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