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Cyanotype on Fabric: Make your Own Bag

June 10, 2023 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

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Magical and simple, cyanotypes are a camera-less technique that results in graphic blue and white prints. Developed in 1852, this alternative photographic process uses a light-sensitive solution on fabric, sunlight and pressed plants to make a beautiful botanical image — in this case, on a tote bag. All supplies, including pressed plant material, will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring objects or pressed plants with interesting silhouettes from home to use in their compositions.

Madge Evers lives in western Massachusetts where her art often begins in the garden. She began making mushroom spore print art in 2015, and since 2016, her work has been shown throughout the Northeast, including at the International Print Center, the Vermont Center for Photography and the Fitchburg Art Museum. She is a 2021 finalist for a Mass Cultural Council fellowship in photography. Madge forages for fungi and plants in fields, on roadsides and in the woods. She recently stepped away from teaching high school after 25 years, and when not composing spore prints or cyanotypes, Madge usually can be found somewhere in the garden.

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