Anthotype workshop

This week we had photographer Tim Boddy running our anthotype workshop. The anthotype is a cameraless process creating light sensitive paper from vegetable juices, to then make prints with. Firstly Tim talked us through the processes and some of his work, before we moved into our summer garden to start the process of extracting juice from the vegetables.

We worked with spinach and beetroot, some of the easiest vegetables, bringing out some bright pinks and vibrant greens. Some people brought their own things too — raspberries and elderberries. Next was the fun part: using a pestle and mortar to squish the fruit and vegetables to start extracting the juices.

After extracting the juices by squeezing the pulp through coffee filters, we then began painting our paper with the juices that contain light sensitive chemicals. We did this using foam brushes and got some good vibrant pink coating on the papers, before letting them dry out of the sun, hidden away in the shed.

The final stage was to start collecting our items that we wanted to make prints from. Unlike the cyanotype or lumen process, anthotypes can take quite a while to develop, depending on the strength of the sun. Each participant had their own A4 frame to take away with them. So once their paper was dry, people took delicate cuttings from our wellbeing garden, or acetate prints to leave exposing in the sun. We’re looking forward to seeing what the results are!

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