This image is part of the current exhibition up at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. All the sales from the show will be handled by myself so I tried to make it easy for you if you're interested in making a purchase! All the work displayed in the show is in this specific shop category.
Please read: Unless arranged beforehand, I will ship the week after the show ends (The show ends Nov 12th), free shipping. If you live in San Antonio or will be in town, we can arrange for work to be picked up in person, just let me know in advance!
If you are viewing this listing without seeing the work in person, please know I did my best to accurately document what the print looks like. Prints are all handmade and have their own unique personalities!
Big Bend Butterfly : Cyanotype toned in madder root and black tea
*just a note- this butterfly was floating in a shallow puddle of water from a large water tank in the interior of Big Bend Ranch State Park. If you look closely, you can see little footprints in the mud beneath the clear, standing water.
The image is from a black and white Polaroid photo, the cyanotype version retaining the classic border of the instant film.
Paper size of image is approx. 11x14
Hinge mounted with archival linen tape to 16x20 unbuffered museum rag mat
Titled and signed on mat in pencil
Titled, signed, dated, and other information about the image on back of the print
This listing is for the framed work as seen in the gallery photo.
The frame is a very low-profile, 16x20, unfinished oak wood with a plexi-glass front. I added wire for easier hanging, but I did not cover the backs of these with a dust cover (paper backing). I left them open to make it easier if you wish to replace the plexi with a higher grade, UV resistant, anti-glare plexi*, or re-frame it all together, but also because cyanotypes might eventually need a little airing out to revive them to their original color. Don’t be alarmed!
Cyanotypes are made with an emulsion that reacts to UV light and oxygen. They should never be displayed in full sunlight, but even a very bright room can eventually dull them. The magic of cyanotype is that they can be resurrected by simply taking the back off the frame to allow air to get to the back of the print- letting the print breathe through the paper fibers. It can be left in the frame- face down on the plexi, and set in a dark place for a few days, like a large drawer, and it will recover from being exposed to UV light. This is not something that will need to be done regularly- it’s simply upkeep that can be done every few years if there’s any signs of color fading.
*an excellent online resource for upgrading plexiglass is redimat.com
They have options for UV reisitant and non-glare plexi.
The frames are standard 16x20 and replacement plexi should be simple.
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