Bringing the Personal Touch to Cyanotype

Residents of Ashill loved artist Vicki Johnson's penultimate Cyanotype printing workshop yesterday, with many return visitors bringing their own photographs to incorporate into the artwork. 

Over the past few weeks villagers have been encouraged to share their own photos and memories of life in Ashill, as they have been sifting through images from the Village Archive.  Vicki was able to turn some of these photos into negatives which could then be incorporated to create personal prints that reflect individual experiences. Some shared pictures from village fetes gone by, others included themselves or their pets, including some real characters! 

With Vicki's final Cyanotype workshop on Wednesday 18th October, 11am - 4pm. all of the artworks created by residents will then be exhibited at the Community Centre on Saturday 21st October between 12 - 4pm.

Villagers are encouraged to come along and admire the creations, exploring Ashill past and present through this unique art form. All events are FREE to attend, so come along! 

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The Art of Mono Printing with Sarah Harley in Necton

Autumn may have arrived in Necton but Sarah Harley's Silver Social artist residency continues inside the warm and welcoming Rural Community Centre, with today's offering of a free mono printing workshop for local residents.

Sarah demonstrated the simple process that involved rolling different coloured inks onto perspex plates, before laying over fabric textures with damp paper on top and putting them through a portable press. After removing the fabric a second sheet of paper can be used to create a ghost print, with some fantastic results that are often more interesting than the first set of prints! 

Sarah offered a selection of recycled fabrics, nets and ribbons to be cut up and used to create a range of textures when put through the press. One participant with an interest in architecture cut fabric into small hexagons to recreate the impression of a dry stone wall - it looked superb! The unpredictability of the prints leaves wide scope for experimentation and offers plenty of discussion between both the participants and the artist. 

Transforming ordinary fabrics into a piece of art is a running theme through Sarah's workshops, which continue next Friday 6th October (Sewing) and Saturday 7th October (Mono Printing). These free sessions are open to residents looking to explore something new and you may even feature in Sarah's final comic, which will be exhibited at the Community Centre on 28th October. 

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Mono Printing with Sarah Harley - Ghost Print

Mono Printing with Sarah Harley - Ghost Print

Ashill Welcomes Vicki Johnson for an Introduction to Cyanotype

Residents of Ashill have been enchanted by specialist printmaking artist Vicki Johnson, who has launched her residency at Ashill Community Centre with a workshop demonstrating traditional Cyanotype printing.

Vicki introduced this fascinating process which combines photography with collage, to create stunning blue prints - with instant results! The drop in session allowed residents to pop in throughout the afternoon to see what it was all about and if they had time, have a go at making their own print.

Vicki chatted over tea and old photos of the village from the Ashill Village History archive, which she had inverted and printed on sheets of acetate. This allowed participants to create collages centred on Ashill; featuring landmarks such as the village signs or the iconic ducks who inhabit the village green. Vicki had also collected small 3-D objects such as feathers and brambles from the playing field, to be incorporated into the work.

So what exactly is Cyanotype?

Cyanotype is a photography process that produces blue prints, thanks to the iron compound chemicals in the solution used.  Originally introduced in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, the process was advanced to reduce the exposure times and increase the density range, thanks to a more complicated and toxic recipe of chemicals.

The process:

Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate (green) are separately mixed with water before being blended together in equal parts. The paper or card is coated with the solution, before being dried in the dark. To create the print UV light is required, so objects or inverted photos printed on acetate are placed on a light box, before being exposed for 3 minutes and 20 seconds. To process the image it’s simply rinsed in water to wash away the chemicals, allowing you to see your blue print rapidly emerging from the water. The print is then dried and mounted on proud display!

Vicki’s next workshops takes place on Wednesday 4th October at Ashill Community Centre, so pop in and see what cyanotyping is all about. You can even bring your own photos or small objects (the flatter the better) for experimentation with this amazing process. All prints created by residents will be exhibited on Saturday 21st October, 12pm – 4pm at the Community Centre.

All events are part of the Silver Social artist residencies and are free to attend! Join us for the next event in Ashill or one of the other target villages (Necton, Mattishall, Harling and Shipdham), full details in our Upcoming events


Cyanotype prints produced by residents in Ashill

Cyanotype prints produced by residents in Ashill

Necton Welcomes Sarah Harley for the First Silver Social Artist Workshop

A fantastic start to the Silver Social Project, with the first of our artist workshops already underway. Held by specialist print and textiles artist Sarah Harley, she begins her residency at Necton Rural Community Centre with the first of two sewing based workshops (next one Friday 6th October 10am - 2pm), out of a total of four workshops (mono printing takes place Friday 29th September & Saturday 7th October, both 10am - 12pm).

Sarah welcomed both experienced and novice crafters as she demonstrated the use of her vintage Singer sewing machine, no electricity required! Over a cup of tea and a biscuit, she talked the group through how to create a bespoke phone or glasses case out of recycled wool jumpers, as well showing them examples of home made bunting and a range of different patch work techniques. With plenty of materials at hand, the group could get stuck in!

Through conversation and interaction with members of the group, Sarah will create a comic based on her experiences during the residency, which will be exhibited along with creations by members of the group from the four different workshops. The exhibition takes place at Necton Rural Community Centre on Saturday 28th October, 10am - 12pm - join us for coffee and cake!

All events are part of the Silver Social artist residencies and are free to attend! Join us for the next event in Necton or one of the other target villages (Ashill, Mattishall, Harling and Shipdham), full details on our Upcoming Events




Workshop participants show off their creations in Necton

Workshop participants show off their creations in Necton