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Blueprints On Fabric

We hand treat natural fiber fabrics - cotton, silk, bamboo, rayon and watercolor paper for a nineteeth century photographic technique called cyanotype. This process is also known as blueprinting or sunprinting. Each print created is unique and is archival.  (Photo on the left is cyanotype over batik by Linda Stemer.)

Each piece is individually hand-treated, dried  and sealed in a light proof bag - ready to print!  Full instructions are included with every order.

Mission:  The cyanotype process is one of the earliest photographic processes discovered.  The first book ever published with photographs was "Photographs of British Algea - Cyanotype Impressions"  by Anna Atkins - She is widely recognized as the first woman photographer. Examples of her cyanotype prints from the 1850's are in museums today and they are as clear and blue as the day they were printed!

We are dedicated to preserving this unique historical process and keeping the magic of cyanotype available for children, contemporary artists and educators of history, photography and surface design.

-Linda Stemer

Location: Vashon Island, Washington, USA
Online Shops:   Blueprints on Fabric
   Surface Design Organization
   Alternative Photography
Languages Spoken: English

 Anna Atkins picture from around 1850 
called "cystoseira granulata"

Tags: cyanotype, photography, surface design, sunprinting, blueprinting, nature

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“Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction,- a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse”
-Henry David Thoreau

In our case, it would be the needle or other fiber tool. Drive it home! And, we all thank you for your words, left here to these good folks. Invoke your Muse!


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