Cyanotype: Lasting Impressions

Cyanotype: Lasting Impressions

Blue images in each of these quilts were created through the cyanotype process discovered in 1842 by English scientist Sir John Hershel. The process involves treating cloth or paper with a solution of two chemicals (ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide) that, when exposed to ultra-violet light, develop an intense blue color, also called Prussian blue. To create images, one places either objects or film positives/negatives on the treated material. These prevent light from activating the chemicals and thereby produce negative images of themselves. Thorough rinsing with water halts the chemical process and makes the image permanent.

Members of Fiber Works experimented with leaves, grasses, needlework fragments, silverware, and photographic films to make their cyanotype images. To complete their quilt compositions, they added materials enhanced with other surface design techniques such as shibori dyeing, monoprinting, digital printing, and painting as well as appliqué, embroidery, and quilting.

About Fiber Works

About Fiber Works
About Fiber Works

Fiber Works is twelve fiber artists from southeastern Nebraska whose purpose is to expand their knowledge of fiber and textile techniques as avenues to greater creative expression. The group has been creating and exhibiting together since 2009.

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Event Date
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 to Sunday, May 17, 2020