Cyanotype is one of the earliest forms of photography. Artifacts is a series of cyanotype photograms, contact prints made without a camera. I collect the materials that are the basis for these prints on the same walks that provide inspiration and imagery for my silkscreen prints.
I start by coating watercolor paper with a photochemical solution. When the paper is dry, I place found objects on top of the paper and secure them in place with a piece of glass. The paper and objects are then exposed to sunlight. The paper is developed in water, creating a print in shades of blue. I rework some prints by bleaching and re-exposing, and I change the color by soaking them in baths of tea, coffee or wine tannin.
The photos above show paper with a piece of coral on top at the start of exposure, and the resulting finished print.