Anna Atkins cyanotype of algae

March 12-March 19, 2019

March 12, 2019 and March 16, 2019, 10am-2pm

What is cyanotype? By exposing paper or fabric to a few chemicals it becomes sensitive to ultraviolet light and will turn blue when exposed to it, masking or blocking light from the paper will leave the surface unaffected allowing designs, words, and images to be printed in blue on it. Though initially invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842 with the intention of reproducing notes and plans as blueprints, within a year it was already being experimented with as a means to produce photography and art by Anna Atkins, the first to publish a book illustrated by photographed images and considered by many to be the first woman photographer.

We invite you to join us at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas 10:00am-2:00pm on Tuesday March 12th and Saturday March 16th to create your own cyanotype. In a workshop presented by artists of the Shootapalooza Photo Collective, you will expose light to chemically treated fabric to create an image in blue. This walk in program will take about 20 minutes to complete, is free of charge, and materials will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you then!