Friday, May 17, 2013

Anthotypes with Rachel Rush on Saturday, June 1st

This beginner friendly class invites exploration and experimentation, two things that make for exciting photography! During this workshop you'll learn some of the basics in historical photographic processes including contact printing vs. enlargements, various materials that can be used as a substrate, such as paper or cloth, and the specifics of anthotype printing, which uses natural dyes found in plant materials to create photographs. Because this is an organic process, every print is unique; the same plant may produce images that vary in contrast, texture, value, and intensity. This fluidity makes for an ethereal process that pushes photographers to rely on instinct and a free spirit.

This mysterious process was discovered early in the history of photography, but artists and scientists at the time could not find suitable chemistry that would make the image permanent, an incessant challenge that plagued much of early photography. In this workshop we will explore color-fast methods used for hundreds of years in textile dying that are uniquely suited to this photographic process.

Join us for an afternoon of exploration and leave with an archival, handmade specimen book for collecting your own flora, as well as swatches and recipes for creating your own anthotypes.

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