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Handmade Photography, Cyanotypes

    Workshop Details: Cyanotype, or “blue imprint” is a nineteenth century photographic process experiencing a twenty first century resurgence. In this 2-day workshop participants will learn and then engage with a myriad of approaches and techniques to create magical photographs. Cyanotype is a great way to rekindle a love for the handmade practice of creating an image. Beyond the traditional photogram approach, we will also explore, step-by-step, the processes of layering, movement, and wet interrogation. We will discuss technical approaches for creating digital negatives and explain methods for crafting cyanotypes on surfaces beyond paper, such as birch bark and fabric. This workshop is open to all levels of experience. No camera is necessary! Only curiosity and a bit of patience. 

    Supply List: Jacquard Cyanotype Sensitizer Set (1-2 kits), printmaking paper such as Arches Platine or any other acid-free paper that can be submerged in water. Other materials you probably have at home: A sheet of glass slightly larger than the paper prints (you can remove glass from store-bought frame), four A-clamps or binder clips, several sheets of cardboard, found materials to use for making shapes on your prints such as plants, flowers, small objects. Supplies are available at Blick and Amazon.

    About the Instructor:
    Edie Bresler is a long time educator and artist whose photographic projects focus on chance and community. Her work has been featured in Photograph Magazine, Lenscratch, Slate, Photo District News, Business Insider, Esquire Russia and segments on Good Morning America and PBS Greater Boston. Bresler is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship in Photography, several Visual Artist Fellowships from the Somerville Arts Council, a Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant. She is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston, and has exhibited widely across the US. Her photographs are part of permanent collections at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Danforth Museum of Art and Polaroid Corporation. Bresler currently directs the photography program at Simmons University in Boston and her studio is in Somerville, MA.