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Workshop - Bookbinding and Cyanotype

Date: 28 March 2020
0:30 AM  4:30 PM
Forgan Arts Centre (map)
To book (£70+booking fee):

In this collaborative workshop, photographer Kit Martin ( and Bookbinder Cass Barron (, will introduce the cyanotype process and guide you in creating a range of prints onto paper and fabric, before binding a selection into a number of unique and usable books. 

Cyanotype is a cameraless photographic technique that produces a vibrant blue and white image when exposed to uv light. Kit will share her extensive knowledge of cyanotype from the basics of mixing the chemicals and coating the solution, to preparing fabric and paper for printing. There will be examples to give an idea of how things turn out and plenty of materials for you to use to create your prints.

It is worth noting that the time it takes to develop the cyanotypes will depend on the strength of the sun, but we will have a UV light box to hand just in case!

Cass will then take you through the process of transforming some of your paper prints into an artistic accordion fold matchbox book. You will also create a hand-bound hardback sketchbook, using your cyanotype fabric to cover the book boards, before adding a leather spine and decorative stitch.

You will leave this workshop with a working understanding of the cyanotype process, two finished books and a selection of prints that can be used on other projects.

All materials will be provided, but you might want to bring some items to make prints with e.g. plants, feathers, lace (flat things that can be squashed under glass). If you would like to bring a negative to use, please contact Kit
beforehand for advice about printing and size ( An apron is also recommended, to avoid blue stains from the chemicals. 

There is a free to use carpark at Forgan Arts Centre and the venue is 5 minutes walk from the 99 bus stop, just by Forgan Roundabout.

Beginners are welcome and if you have any questions prior to the class, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please note: this venue is not fully accessible, there is no ramp for wheelchair/powerchair access and no disabled toilet. There are a few steps up to the front door. Please get in touch if you have any questions.