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Botanical blueprints: Thursday 20 and Friday 21 July 2023

Botanical blueprints



Tutor: Susie Turner
Date: Thursday 20th and Friday 21st July 2023
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Cost: 135
Location: Classroom

This practical workshop will introduce participants to the simple technique of Cyanotype using the rich collection of foliage and found objects in the Botanic Garden as inspiration. Participants will learn how to transfer botanical specimens, found objects, drawings and photographs into unique Cyanotype prints using a range of suitable papers and ready-made cyanotype sensitizer solution. There will also be opportunity to work with pre coated fabric.

Cyanotype is one of the earliest photographic processes and was invented by Sir John Hershel in 1842. He discovered that ferric salts could be combined to create a light sensitive solution which could be applied to paper and used to transfer images. On exposure to UV light the light solution will harden and produce a photographic print of Cyan or Prussian blue tones. In 1843, Victorian botanist, Anna Atkins, used the technique of Cyanotype to document botanical specimens. Anna Atkins produced the first book to use photographic illustrations to document botanical collections. During the workshop participants will have opportunity to view one exceptional book, the ‘Sun Garden’ by Anna Atkins as well as opportunity to discover how more contemporary artists are using the cyanotype process.


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If you need to cancel your booking, please inform the Learning Office in writing as soon as possible at 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE or email [email protected] The cancellation is effective from the date that your written confirmation is received. If you cancel with more than 4 weeks' notice we will refund your balance less 20% to cover administration. For cancellations made with less than 4 weeks' notice we regret that we are unable to make any refund unless we can fill your place on the course. If we are able to fill your place we will refund your balance less 20% to cover administration.


Cambridge University Botanic Garden reserves the right to alter any part of the programme if necessary. We will only cancel courses after careful consideration, but reserve the right to do so under exceptional circumstances. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be informed in writing as soon as possible and course fees will be refunded in full.

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