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Cyanotype Tote Bags

April 20, 2024 Midnight

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Magical and simple cyanotypes are a camera-less technique that results in graphic blue and white prints. This alternative photographic process uses a light-sensitive solution on paper, sunlight and pressed plants to make beautiful botanical images. For this class on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and taught by Madge Evers, participants are encouraged to bring objects or pressed plants with interesting silhouettes from home to use in their compositions and print on tote bags.

Madge Evers is an educator, gardener and visual artist whose work celebrates decomposition and regeneration. She has been paying close attention to signs of fungi since 2015, when she began making mushroom spore print art. Her practice involves foraging for mushrooms and plants and sometimes includes the cyanotype process and paint. Artist residencies in Ireland, at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Kinney Renaissance Center at UMass, on Cape Cod, and in Maine have allowed Evers to interact with landscapes and their histories. She teaches cyanotype workshops to people of all ages and lives and works in Western Massachusetts.

A black and white cyanotype print of the top of a tree.

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