July 18 - July 20th | 5:30 - 7:30pm daily 

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This three day class is open to both beginners and more advanced artists.
If you're just starting out with cyanotype, the instructor will walk you through the basics. However, if you have more experience the workshop is designed to be flexible with your own materials (ie. fabrics), and teaching more advance layering techniques.

Cyanotype is 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: ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered the procedure in 1842. Though the process was developed by Herschel, he considered it as mainly a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, as in blueprints.

Anna Atkins created a series of cyanotype limited-edition books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection, placing specimens directly onto coated paper and allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is sometimes considered the first female photographer. (Wikipedia)


Anne Atkin's prints from the New York Library Collections 

 

About: Helen O'Connor

Helen O’Connor is a Yukon visual artist who makes paper by hand using oriental and local fibres to create sculpture, assemblages and installation. Her works express a reverence to nature and are influenced by the unique atmosphere of the north.

Originally from Ontario, O'Connor studied visual art at the University of Western Ontario and at the Ontario College of Art. During her studies, O'Connor was introduced to techniques for oriental and western papermaking by professor, Helmut Becker. Inspired by Becker's work, which utilizes paper innovatively as a vehicle of expression, O'Connor began a journey of her own paper explorations.

Recently O'Connor has been involved in collaborative video/paper projects with yukon filmmaker Marten Berkman. Thier short film, Running with Paper was featured at the Dawson City Short Film Festival in 2013.
(Text From: helenoconnor.com / Photo from: The Yukon News)

Main image by Helen O'Connor