- Name: Noah Schnipke
- Location: Ohio
- Your first cyanotype experience: I first heard of Cyanotypes only a few weeks ago, actually. My digital art teacher decided to do a lesson on it, and I absolutely fell in love.
- Inspiration for your prints: My inspiration is a little more morbid. I find that things such as bugs, and bones make beautiful cyanotypes. I get inspired, however, by all sorts of things and would love to do some nature-inspired cyanotypes.
- Favorite technique when printing. (e.g. negatives, flora, layered items and so on) : I prefer using nagatives when printing, I find they give a neat effect.
- Preferred printing medium? (e.g. paper, wood, cloth and so on)” Cloth! Definitely. Paper cyanotypes are lovely but I prefer a nice piece of canvas.
- Advice for young cyanotype printers: Honestly? Just go for it. It’s a really fun process and a huge learning experience. You may mess up, but keep trying.
- And just for fun. What artist inspires you the most? or Favorite ice cream flavor?: I’m not inspired by any specific artist - All Artists inspire me!
Name: C.M. Bailey
Local: Stephenville, TX
My first experience with creating cyanotypes was during college. I participated in a 3 evening workshop that took you from the beginning to the end of how to make caynotypes and photograms. The workshop was taught by Robyn Moore. Its been true love ever since.
Inspiration in part comes from my up bringing on a cattle farm. From that I have always wanted to find the beauty in the not so glamourous. Death and nature seem to play a part, as well as simple nature in itself though photograms.
I enjoy both negative and direct printing when making prints. Mixing the two together and adding different depth is another area I’m exploring. Paper by far opposed to cloths but I have had success in cyanotypeing on egg shell which is exciting.
Anna Atkins - Kent, England
Sir John Herschel, a friend of Atkins and Children, invented the cyanotype photographic process in 1842. Within a year, Atkins applied the process to algae (specifically, seaweed) by making cyanotype photograms that were contact printed “by placing the unmounted dried-algae original directly on the cyanotype paper”.
Atkins self-published her photograms in the first instalment of Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions in October 1843. Although privately published, with a limited number of copies, and with handwritten text, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressionsis considered the first book illustrated with photographic images. Eight months later, in June 1844, the first fascicle of William Henry Fox Talbot’s The Pencil of Nature was released; that book was the “first photographically illustrated book to be commercially published” or “the first commercially published book illustrated with photographs”.