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March 19, 2022 12:00–2:00 pm
Arts Annex
Special Topics

Cyanotype Fabric Print

Partnership with Duke Arts Create & DuWell

Taught by Vit Bitencourt

About the Workshop

Come revisit or explore for the first time the 19th century process of Cyanotype. This workshop explores cyanotypes and the sun-print process with fabric. Cyanotype is a photographic process using a solution of iron compounds with objects or photo negatives placed on the material to make a print. The cyanotype is printed using UV light, such as the sun.

This hands on workshop will walk you through a brief history and chemical process behind cyanotype printing. With just a few (very safe!) materials you will leave with beautiful and stable blue prints on fabric.

About the Instructor

Vit Bitencourt is a visual artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil and is currently pursuing an MFA in Experimental Documentary Arts at Duke University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic where she focused her studies on photography and documentary video. While in college, she served as curator and student director of the Ethel H. Blum Gallery, in Bar Harbor, Maine. Following graduation, she worked as a curatorial assistant for photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the exhibition Welcome Home: A Portrait of East Baltimore, 1975-1980.

Vit is interested in creating human documents. Her research and practice revolve around photographers’ portraits of their partners, personal film essays, and autobiographical zines.

About the Location

This workshop will meet in the Duke Arts Annex: get directions.

Address: 404 Gattis St, Durham, NC 27701

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email DukeCreate@duke.edu if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).