CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP & LASER CUT INDUCTION

CYANOTYPE: A photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide.

First workshop of the new term and could not have gone better! I did not want to go down the obvious route of placing flowers, plants or material on top of the chemical coated paper, but I wanted to incorporate some of my paper stencil designs that I had not had the fortune to utilise yet. The designs were interpretive studies taken from Mulholland Drive, primarily the idea of plants, grasses and flowers.

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Mal, the Film/Photographic TD, demonstrated the Cyanotype process and allowed us free reign to choose our own design path. He was very attentive and informed us of all the Health & Safety aspects, and tips to get the best results.

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My first cyanotype involved Mal taking me to the Film development room and showing me an individual UV light box, which is used to expose film. There was a simplistic timer, which I set to 2 minutes and then removed the paper and stencil from the light box. I flipped the stencil image over and repeated the process.

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Incorporating more than one design; 2.5 minute exposure, allowing a deeper blue to develop. Stencils showing the patterns found within Hockney’s fields and the grasses too.

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Double exposures. Playing around with juxtaposition and exposure time; 3 minutes for first exposure and 2 minutes for second. Stencils were flipped over to allow symmetry in first design, and a random flipping in second to allow for random pattern.

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Triple exposure; 3 minutes, 2 minutes and 1 minute, which allowed the tone of blue to range from soft and textured to deep and hard.

When all of the exposures had been completed, I returned to the Print room and irrigated the surface with a water hose to remove the leftover chemical film. Mal mentioned that if I wanted the blue to become more intense and deep, that the prints could be irrigated within a bath of Milton sterilising solution; of which I did.

The results speak for themselves!! I love them. The designs remind me of tiles, which I would love to explore further at a later date.

LASER CUT INDUCTION

Saima, Jack, Jamie and I were due to attend a Laser Cut induction with Craig, but unfortunately only Jack and I attended. However, we both found it extremely useful and both found that we were able to communicate our idea for the lighting solution easily and effectively.

(3D Volumes PATTAB Lamp – Surface Grooves, NEW YORK) I must admit, I found some of the technical and I.T aspects of vectoring mathematical elements a little taxing, but eventually understood the technicalities of how to laser cut using ILLUSTRATOR on a MAC.

Craig mentioned that he would try and find out if there were any coloured acrylic offcuts he could obtain so that Jack, Jamie and I could experiment with our preliminary idea to incorporate a LOW POLY ART facet within the acrylic to be laser cut.

My job now ill be to source the coloured acrylic, but I am hyper aware of cost!! Being a student, and not made of money is one of the biggest challenges when coming up with an original idea. Jobs for this week:

  1. Source Acrylic
  2. Experiment with Pattern
  3. Explore Fabric qualities
  4. Hone use of colour
  5. Communicate daily with group
  6. Study of LIGHT within Textile context

Author: vmhtdesign

About to undertake my BA TEXTILE DESIGN @ NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY. So Excited. Follow my progress from beginner to professional.

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