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Sun Transformations: Cyanotype Workshop

July 13 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Explore the captivating and transformational process of cyanotypes! Cyanotype is an alternative photographic process where light-sensitive chemicals are applied to a surface like paper or fabric, exposed to UV light, and developed with water to create brilliant blue and white images. 

We will use our imaginations, chance, and the magic of the sun to create stunning and exploratory works of art. Wonderfully mysterious pictures appear when rinsed in water! Also known as “sun prints”, this accessible medium involves placing objects and materials onto treated paper, this process is filled with surprises, so bring your curiosity, trust and openness with you to this workshop! 

Facilitator Rachel Mulder (she/her) is an artist and printmaker who indulges in experientiality, and that will be our guiding theme for the day! We will begin with an introduction to the process with examples of Rachel’s work, followed by a wandering tour of the farm where we can gather plant materials and inspiration. After a demo, you’ll indulge in the alchemy. After lunch, we will discuss our experiments from the first half, Rachel will offer additional techniques to explore, and participants can create more individual works + the big collaborative piece!

All supplies are provided, and participants will get to make up to 7 individual works of art on high quality watercolor paper. Participants will also get to collaborate on a large-scale piece that we create and expose together.

There will be snack offerings of baked goods, including gluten-free options, and fruit. Please remember to pack your own lunch (1:00 pm – 1:45 pm). We will utilize plant friends and other natural objects found on the farm, as well as Rachel’s assortment of objects and textures. Feel empowered to bring your own special treasures, as long as you don’t mind them baking in the sun for a bit.

Scholarships are available if cost is a barrier! Please email arts@pnfarm.com to inquire. We received a generous gift to seed our scholarship fund, and don’t want to turn anyone away if we can help it!

Access notes: Masks strongly encouraged while indoors, and Rachel will be wearing hers at all times. The main workspace where we begin our works of art will be indoors, and we will venture out into the sun to expose and rinse our cyanotypes. Please dress appropriately for hot weather, sun, bring sunscreen, and clothing that will not mind potential water splashes.


Rachel Mulder lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two cats, Opal and Tomasina. She was born in rural Wisconsin and when she was small she spent a lot of time sitting in the grass staring, obsessing about animals, watching cartoons and peeling her skin off. Now she makes drawings using a variety of media that often yield printmakerly textures – residual effects from earning her BFA in Printmaking at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2007. A process-oriented artist, her work vacillates back and forth between the meticulous and obsessive to playful experimentation and experientiality. Whether it’s drawing with human hair, mud, cyanotype, gel pen or graphite, her imagery explores human connection, expression, and the strangeness of existing in a body. Encouraging others (and herself) to create/exist more fully is a parallel passion of hers that braids itself into her visual work.



July 13
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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PN Farm Arts Initiative
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Plas Newydd Farm
Plas Newydd Llc.
33415 NW Lancaster Rd. Ridgefield, WA 98642 United States
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(360) 887-3531
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