WinterSpring

 

 

Cyanotype is among the oldest and simplest photographic processes. Invented in the 1850's, it only needs exposure to UV light and to rinsed in plain water. The final result produces a gorgeous Prussian blue, and it can be used on paper, fabric, and wood. My favorite use of this process is with fabric because of its durability, its transformative abilities, and textures.  The inspirations to make a dress came with the question of what, exactly, defines a photograph, and my enjoyment of sewing and costume making. I found a jacket pattern I liked and altered it to make it into a dress- I changed the hemline in the front, added the orange panels (also useful for color contrast) and made it more fitted. I treated white cotton poplin with the cyanotype solution, and used plant materials and wire to make designs suited to the pieces. 

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