by Laurel Costa
Friend and volunteer Christine Hoey hosted the first Cyanotype Workshop here at Ilan-Lael Art Center
You might be wondering… What are Cyanotypes?
Generally referred to as a contact print photogram, cyanotypes are photographic printing process where treated paper is exposed to ultraviolet light and develops into a beautiful print in shades of cyan blue, resulting in a one-of-a-kind photo image. Christine’s workshop offers an introduction to the process along with our local native plant ecology. Attendees are encouraged to use the surrounding plants and leaves in their Cyanotypes as well as other unique items to make beautiful nature inspired prints.
Our group of artists were in the process of exposing their cyanotypes to the sun when a sudden downpour from a fast moving storm soaked the whole class (and their prints). Serendipitously—or by cosmic Hubbell intervention—the rain drops had a fortuitous and beautiful effect on our cyanotypes.
Have a look at what we made and hear what attendees had to say about their experience!
“It was such a special and memorable moment that we had a rainstorm during the class! I loved how the tour of property and history was also our opportunity to gather plant/flower clippings for our art. What an amazing day full of creativity and fun!” — Angie Striepling
“I liked the freedom to create my own designs on paper and fabric using native plants and other natural resources and it was such a unique crafting experience – I can’t wait to create more and enhance my technique!” —Violette Oldenkamp
About the Artist:
Christine Hoey is a lifelong artist and photographer who has always been intrigued with texture, shapes, and colors in the natural world. She began exploring Cyanotype photography using native plants to highlight the plight of our disappearing habitats. Christine has worked as a nurse practitioner, and she is currently a board member/garden committee chair of the California Native Plant Society in San Diego. She is also passionate about mosaics and trained with Luciana Notturni in Ravenna, Italy using traditional Roman mosaic technique. More recently, Christine apprenticed with mosaic artist Emile Ledieu at Ilan Lael last year on the new ADA bathroom. We are so thrilled to welcome Christine as a teacher and friend into our Ilan-Lael community.
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