FotoBloom™ cyanotype sachet "Sonia"


  • I create these “objects d’art” while merging many of my passions and interests: photography, nature and growing lavender.
    
A FotoBloom™ aromatic cushion addresses many of our senses (sight, smell, touch…).

    

The process starts with a photograph applied by hand to textile using one of the earliest photographic processes called cyanotype. The photograph is sewn into a small sachet, which is later filled with dried lavender blooms grown on my farm.

    

A FotoBloom™ aromatic sachet should last you a lifetime. The cyanotype emulsion is of great archival permanence if cared for properly. Keep the image out of direct sunlight or it will eventually fade like any other photographs.

    The sachet is designed with the intent to last so its closure allows you to change or refresh the content over the years.

    

Display it in your home or office like you would any other artwork. It makes a great conversation piece and a beautiful, long lasting gift. Squeeze it gently to release the “therapeutic” qualities of lavender. (Lavender has a calming effect).



    Size: 5.5-inch x 5.5-inch

    Print: Fotobloom™, Lace Series, “Sonia”
    
Back: antique French linen; mother-of-pearl button; muslin insert; generous 1½ cups dried ‘Grosso’ lavender buds.
  • The Inspiration behind the series ◦

    In Honor of Women’s Skills and Patience

    
For centuries, women worked long hours, in hard conditions, underpaid, and often, to the cost of their eyesight at a young age, to satisfy the needs of an upper-class clientele who could afford beautiful handmade lace. I’d like to pay homage to the many little hands that made, with such dexterity, magical works of art.

    
Following in the tradition of work that endures the test of time, I chose the cyanotype photographic process to create this series.

    

About Cyanotype


    The cyanotype was introduced by Sir John Hershel in 1842 and made popular by the first woman photographer, Anna Atkins. The cyanotype solution is a UV light-sensitized contact printing process. A solution of iron compounds is used to record images on whatever the mixture is painted onto. Plant material, objects, or negatives are arranged on a sensitized base. The prints are exposed to the sun for a length of time, then immersed into a water bath for development, and finally washed under running water. The process yields a beautiful cyan-blue image.

    

Note: Little flecks in the fabric are inherent to this process.
    

Tip: (If the cyanotype image fades away in a few years, place it in a paper bag in a dark closet for a few weeks and the blue color should get deep again).

Collections: CYANOTYPE SACHETS


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