My name is Chloe (nickname ‘Cleo’), and I am an artist, designer, and workshop instructor. I would like to tell you a little bit about my art-making and my upcoming collaboration with The Deckle Edge. 

Coming from an academic background that fuses Multimedia Design, New Media, and Fine Art, I think of myself as an all-round creative with a wide range of interests. A large portion of my artistic practice has been driven by a deep fascination with nature and the ocean, especially. I have also spent the past few years exploring a variety of alternative or historical photographic and printing processes. Many of these date back centuries and make use of light-sensitive chemistry that is applied to a surface, exposed to light, and later developed in various liquid solutions to create a print. In this way, the silhouettes and shadows of organic debris and collected objects can be captured in exciting and sometimes painterly ways.

I have spent countless days collecting and storing plants or algae to use in my prints – a habit that would, admittedly, at times annoy my studio or roommates. Oftentimes, the alternative photographic processes with which I have worked are also accompanied by a great amount of freedom and even a little bit of adventure, as they are versatile enough to be conducted outdoors in a garden, forest, or even on a beach. One such process is Cyanotype, which I have spent a considerable amount of time experimenting with while getting lost in its distinctive shades of blue. In contrast, however, I’ve also gone through periods where I was forever tinkering away in the confines of my tiny homemade and makeshift photographic darkroom.

All the while, I have also been painting, drawing, and sketching—mostly plants and sea life, sometimes portraits of my loved ones or cats. I especially enjoy working with water-based pigments like watercolour, inks, and gouache. I do, however, sometimes play with oils and acrylics as well. In the last few years, I have been experimenting with ways of fusing alternative printing with painting, drawing, and collage. The more I play, the more I realise how much I enjoy working with a variety of media and the flexibility that comes with working in mixed media.

From Polaroid to painting, darkroom printing to drawing, collage to cyanotype; there are a few tips I believe can apply to all processes when creating art:

1) Take a break from an artwork every now and then. Leave it be. Oftentimes, when we feel stuck or like something about a piece is just not working, it’s because we have been looking at it or thinking about it for too long . We can no longer see the bigger picture, only the smaller facets we keep trying to perfect. A break offers a clear perspective.

2) It is easy to overwork something, and a piece is often done before we deem it so. It’s like eating too quickly and not giving your body time to register that it’s full. This is where pausing or taking a break can once again help.

What are Polaroid Emulsion Lifts?

The Polaroid Emulsion Lift process was first introduced in the 1970s as a way to manipulate instant photographs. Polaroid Corporation created a special emulsion that could be separated from the print and transferred to another surface, creating a unique image. The process quickly gained popularity among artists and photographers as a way to experiment with the medium and create one-of-a-kind images.

The process is still relevant today as a way to explore the creative potential of instant photography and mixed media art. It allows photographers to create images that are both photographic and painterly, with a soft, dreamy quality that can’t be achieved with traditional photographic processes.

At our upcoming workshop, we’ll be using a Polaroid Lab, which is a device that allows you to turn digital images from your phone into Polaroid prints. This means that you’ll be able to create your own Polaroid photographs without the need for a traditional Polaroid camera. Once you have your Polaroid prints, you’ll then have the option to turn them into Polaroid Emulsion Lifts using a simple transfer process.

What is Cyanotype Printing?

The Cyanotype process was invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel as a way to create blueprints. The process involves coating paper with a solution of iron salts and a photosensitive chemical, and then exposing it to UV light to create a blue and white image. The process was later adapted for photography by Anna Atkins, who used it to create the first photographic book in 1843.

Cyanotypes were popular among photographers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the process was often used for scientific and botanical illustrations.

Today, the process has experienced a resurgence in popularity as a way to create unique, handmade prints that have a vintage, nostalgic quality. It’s also a popular alternative process for fine art photographers who want to experiment with alternative printing methods. Additionally, Cyanotypes are not limited to paper, but can also be done on fabric. This makes the process ideal for creating unique, handmade textiles. The process can also be used for making custom prints on fabric for art pieces, home décor, and other creative applications. Learning about the Cyanotype process and its use on fabric can be a fun and creative way to explore the potential of photography and textiles, and to create unique and personalized items. Try out cyanotype printing at home with our DIY starter kit. https://www.deckleedge.co.za/product/cyanotype-starter-kit/

Polaroid Emulsion Lifts and Cyanotypes are two unique photographic processes that offer a creative way to experiment with the medium and create one-of-a-kind images.

Book A Cyanotype Workshop Ticket

Learning about these processes can be a fun and creative way to explore the potential of photography and to create images that are both photographic and painterly. These processes allow photographers to experiment with alternative printing methods and create images that have a unique, handmade quality that can’t be achieved with traditional photographic processes. Whether you’re an experienced photographer looking to expand your skills, or a beginner looking to try something new, learning about Polaroid Emulsion Lifts and Cyanotypes can be a rewarding and inspiring experience.

You can learn more about my workshops and my art at www.chloeobermeyer.com

I hope to see you at a future workshop!

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