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Saturday 30 September 2023
Session 1 : 10.00am - 12.30pm

Session 2 : 2.30pm - 5.00pm

Location : KLOE Hotel, Yoga Room

227 Jalan Bukit Bintang


55100 Kuala Lumpur


OUT OF THE BLUE : Cyanotype Workshop

Workshop Introduction

Cyanotypes was invented by a British inventor, John Herschel in 1842 as a way to reproduce technical drawings and plans. They were used by artists, such as Anna Atkins, who was the first person to publish a book of photographs using the cyanotype process. Atkins' book, "Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions," was published in 1843 and is considered one of the first photographically illustrated books.


In this workshop, we will learn about the history of cyanotype, how to create them, and how to use them to express our creativity while collaborating with nature. You will be presented with photo negatives, found objects and botanical specimens that we can explore in our cyanotypes.


By the end of the workshop, you will be able to create your own unique blueprint with just about anything and embrace a sense of discovery with this fascinating historical process.


What to Prepare

  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty

  • A willingness to learn and have fun!

  • Optional: Bring one (1) handful of plant cuttings; flowers, leaves or branches


What You’ll Bring Home

  • 4 pcs of postcard size cyanotype prints or anything equivalent to it

  • Intro Kit to Cyanotype Chemistry!

  • A new found appreciation of the sun and photo-printing process!


Workshop Outline (2.5 hours)


Part 1: Introduction and Demo to the Cyanotype Process

The first part of the workshop will focus on history and theory of cyanotype. You will be acquainted with the essential materials & tools and gather found images & objects. You will learn how to first mix the cyanotype chemicals and sensitise the papers. By the end of the session, you will be able to grasp the basic preparation of this blueprint process. 


Part 2: Learn by Making Your Unique Blueprints

The second part of the workshop focuses on hands-on learning by applying the theory into practice.  You will create your own design using materials that you have gathered, expose the paper to sun or UV light, develop and finally fix your prints. You will get to share your creations and discovery together with others that not one print is ever the same. 


Fee: RM180 per person
Maximum participants: 10



Balqis Tajalli is a human printer specializing in a cameraless photographic process called cyanotype. She runs Dikaki Sunprint Studio in Langkawi where she focuses on creating nature-inspired works to call home themes such as biodiversity, resilience and temporal beauty. Her work-in-progress to date reexamines other forms of photochemistry in hope to find a deeper connection to the land and man-made processes.

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