Cyanotype Print © Josie Iselin
Cyanotype Print © Josie Iselin

Cyanotype Prints and Seaweed

Josie Iselin has been offering workshops in cyanotype printing with seaweed specimens for over three years. This class on creating cyanotype prints with seaweed offers a fun, easy and rewarding experience in printmaking using the cyanotype process.

Cyanotype Prints © Josie Iselin
Cyanotype Prints © Josie Iselin

The cyanotype process, also known as the blueprint process because of its deep blue color, was first introduced in the early 1800s. Anna Atkins was one of the first people to put the cyanotype process to use and in the mid-1800s became the first person to produce and photographically illustrate a book using cyanotype printing.

Cyanotype Print © Josie Iselin
Cyanotype Print © Josie Iselin

Josie will describe the work of Anna Atkin’s first photographically illustrated book, British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, as well as her own work using the scanner and algae, as an introduction to the 3-hour class. Participants will also learn a bit about the seaweeds themselves and a bit of the history of their ecology.

Cyanotype Print © Josie Iselin
Cyanotype Print © Josie Iselin

Josie provides coated papers, loads of specimens to use in the cyanotype printing process as well as demonstrations and suggestions.

For artists and scientists, this cyanotype class is rewarding. Experimentation is encouraged, no mistakes are possible in cyanotype art!

Cyanotype Print © Josie Iselin
Cyanotype Print © Josie Iselin

Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.

 

Instructor Bio

Josie Iselin
Josie Iselin

Josie Iselin is the photographer, author, and designer of many books exploring our coastal universe, including The Curious World of Seaweed published in 2019, an ambitious combination of essays and historical as well as contemporary imagery. This book chronicles the natural history as well as the history of science of sixteen iconic Pacific coast seaweeds and kelps. Iselin uses her visual art practice—the act of looking closely—as the stimulus for her scientific research and storytelling.
Josie Iselin holds a BA in visual and environmental studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. Josie is based in San Francisco.

  • The Image Flow Photography Center
    401 Miller Avenue, Suite A, Mill Valley, CA
    415-388-3569
    Located in Marin County CA, just north of San Francisco.

Who Should Take This Workshop

Pertinent Details

  • Maximum twelve (12) students
  • Ages 16 and older
  • Rain or shine

Workshop Fee Includes

Required Materials

  • Creativity, an open mind, and playfulness