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Intro to Cyanotype at Universiti Sains Malaysia

First there was paper drying in the darkroom after I painted it (with Cyanotype chemicals):

darkroom papers

Then there were two students, who were polite but curious as I set up the printmaking studio with a few dozen examples of my Cyanotype work, including a copy of H is for Hong Kong.

And a few more students trickled in, until…

there were many!

student group

At the back wearing a black T-shirt is Saiful, an artist who managed to get us some perspex (plexiglass) just in time for the workshop.

On offer were all sorts of materials for printing I’d found in various Indian and Chinese stores in George Town, Penang: festive papers for funerals, mehndi templates for weddings, paper money to be burned for good fortune.

Here are the last of the prints, baking in the late afternoon sun:

printing in sun

We’d run out of prepared papers by the time this student showed up, but he’ll hopefully make it to the next workshop:


Rinsing prints has an element of magic, as the image appears under the water:

rinsing print 2

rinsing print

Final prints: Chinese cut papers, Indian stencils, greenery from the studio grounds:

final prints

And this was one of the last to go out the door:

student print

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