This is a handmade cyanotype print inspired by Hashiguchi Goyo's 1915 print "Woman After a Bath." This image of a Japanese traditional Ukiyo-e print is then hand coated using the suminagashi ink marbling technique, a traditional Japanese technique for coating and handling high-quality paper.
+ Title: Woman After a Bath
+ Edition Size: Unique / Monotype
+ Stamped and Certificate of Authenticity provided.
+ The paper measures 50cm x 70cm (about 20 in. x 28 in.), a standard frame size.
+ All prints are made on high-quality Italian watercolor paper.
* Frame is for illustrative purposes only. Artwork shipped carefully rolled and packaged in a tube.
WHAT IS A CYANOTYPE?
The cyanotype (a.k.a. sun-print) process is one of the oldest in the history of photography, dating back to the 1840's.
Cyanotypes were then made famous by Anna Atkins, considered the first female photographer. Inspired by nature, we feel the need to look back at a craft that is handmade, analogue, and using an all-natural light source: the sun.
Our cyanotypes are made by coating high-quality Italian watercolor paper with a light-sensitive emulsion. We then expose it in direct sunlight for several minutes using a photo negative to get the best image quality. Finally, the print is washed and fixed with water to stop the reaction and prevent fading.
What you get is an amazing, royal blue image, with absolutely no ink involved. And since each print is handmade, tones will give gorgeous, subtle variations. The beauty of cyanotypes is that each print is absolutely unique.
WHAT IS SUMINAGASHI MARBLING?
Suminagashi is a traditional Japanese technique that uses special inks to coat paper in marbled, swirling colors and shapes. Sumi inked is placed with a special Japanese brush upon still water, and subsequently blown and manipulated to create abstract patterns and shapes as the ink floats upon the surface. The ink is then picked up by placing a sheet of paper over the surface, and then washed and fixed.
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Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Since cyanotypes are one of the oldest photographic prints known, they must be stored properly. Cyanotypes involve an intricate process with light-sensitive chemicals and high-quality papers to get the best image quality possible, so they are very different to regular inkjet prints.
Although image quality is quite stable, there may be some fading if exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time, and placed in extremely humid or acidic environments. For your print to last a lifetime, which it can, it would be best to put it in a glass or plastic frame, and try to keep it indoors, away from direct UV light- indirect light is fine! If you have any more questions, please ask!
We offer discounts for the purchase of multiple prints, whether it be the same image or a series of images. Please contact us for specific details about your order.
Remember that each cyanotype print is unique, since they are all hand-made and exposed in direct sunlight, so there may be subtle variations in tone and texture. When expecting multiple prints of the same image, don't expect them to all be exactly the same, there may be small variations- that's the beauty!
We send all our art prints and paintings with expedited shipping, which arrives in less than a week with tracking info.
All items are shipped unframed, carefully rolled in a tube.
A lot of people like to float-frame our cyanotypes and paintings, since the borders where the emulsion is applied are very interesting, but some people also like to matte the pieces so that they look bigger. If you're interested in a diptych or triptych we recommend framing them to the edge of the paper, that way they can be displayed relatively close together and will suggest continuity between the individual pieces.
We generally suggest thin frames, either white aluminum or a mild or light wood-plated aluminum. UV-protection or museum glass is also recommended.