Guided by artist Rachel Church, spend a week in Maine creating cyanotype photographs and photograms and turn them into an artist’s book of your own design.

Sep 23, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1395
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 8

Fall 2020 by Sissy Buck - Photo by Anna Low
Fall 2020 by Sissy Buck – Photo by Anna Low.

Cyanotype in books has a long history… in fact, the very first book with photographic images was created with cyanotype! Today, cyanotype is a great choice for making images for artist’s books because of its affordable materials, control over paper options, and low toxicity. The imperfect and exploratory nature of the process combined with the ability to create images from both negative and physical objects allows for creative dialog to take place between the artist and medium, leading to engaging, one-of-a-kind artist’s books.

During the week, you will learn some basic methods to make cyanotype photographs and photograms in the Haas Alternative Photo Lab and out in the natural sunshine, a variety of artist’s book structures, and how to combine your new, blue images into a finished artist’s book of your own design. Techniques for combining other media with cyanotypes will also be discussed and explored, such as collage, drawing, embroidery, and hand lettering, as well as approaches to creating your own low-cost, low-equipment, cyanotype set-up at home. 

(Note: We will not be using the letterpress in this course.)

These Were My Mother’s Handtools by Solange Kellermann - Photo by Anna Low.
These Were My Mother’s Handtools by Solange Kellermann – Photo by Anna Low.

Your week will be filled with making cyanotypes, book form demonstrations, time for image and book making exploration, and sharing ideas and in-progress work, culminating in a final, finished artist’s book at the end of the week! No bookmaking or photography experience is required. All basic supplies are provided, but for your final book, you may want to bring specific materials you know that you like to use, such as favorite papers, pens, markers, paint, and collage materials, as well as images/objects/ideas that you may want to use as inspiration or content for your final book project. A laptop computer and digital camera (or phone capable of taking images) may be helpful but are not required.

Calendula by Sissy Buck - Photo by Anna Low.
Calendula by Sissy Buck – Photo by Anna Low.

Images are subject to copyright.

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Instructor: Rachel Church

Rachel E. Church is an intermedial artist, book artist, and printmaker working in Maine. She has a BA in Art with a concentration in Printmaking and Entrepreneurial Studies, a BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Book Arts, both from the University of Southern Maine, and an MFA in Intermedia from the University of Maine.