Handprinted Cyanotype 100% silk 'Flying Machines' Silk Scarf
Handprinted Cyanotype 100% silk 'Flying Machines' Silk Scarf

Handprinted Cyanotype 100% silk 'Flying Machines' Silk Scarf

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Each of these Prussian Blue scarves is unique because of the nature of the process and this makes them very special. They are hand-rolled Chinese silk scarves, which I print by hand, using the photo-sensitive Cyanotype process. In this example, I have worked with vintage illustrations of flying machine patents as stencils. I love these illustrations! Originally, the Cyanotype technique would have been used to reproduce the illustrations;  it is the original 'blueprint' process!

The variations in tone and shades of blue in each scarf will depend on the strength of the sun in which they are exposed. Perfect for Summer, the scarves are soft, floaty and very elegant. Also, at @28cm x 114cm, they are comfortable to wear without being too long or bulky as well as being washable. Made to order, I am happy to take commissions for a Cyanotype silk scarf if you would like more of them, or ones with a different design.
 

The Cyanotype process is a 19th Century photographic process that uses iron salts and sunshine to create a beautiful Prussian Blue colour; it is the original 'blueprint'. In the 1800s, botanist Anna Atkins was the first person to use photographs to illustrate a book by using Cyanotypes and this is the same process that I use today!