the cyanotype dress

Chloe Stockwell Graphic Design Year 2 @chloestockwell_design

Cyanotype is a heritage printing process from the 19th century, using chemicals to produce a cyan-blue print. After adding the chemicals to a medium, objects are placed on top, such as flowers, and then exposed to sunlight. Lastly, developing the image results in your own blue print.

Intrigued by the sea blue process, experimentation took place by printing flowers onto fabric. Once becoming accustomed to the technique, the challenge was to create a children’s dress. This involved printing flowers onto a dress template and sewing it all together; crafting a unique dress using a traditional practice.

Learning of the cyanotype process was refreshing as it meant stepping away from the modern digital world, producing something much more tangible.