In preparation for my workshop at The New England School Of Photography, I’ve been writing and reading about the cyanotype process. While using Jill Enfield’s book as my primary reference, I decided to goof off a little while making an old shirt into a sassy and modern work of wearable art.
Enter the Brooks Brothers White Oxford cloth polo shirt. This style shirt has been gracing country clubs and prep schools since time immemorial and it was time to use it to answer the age old question “What happens when you put cyanotype on clothing?
Here are the steps I took.
Take one shirt.
Boil it in water to remove all the detergent and other stuff
Let it dry a little bit then place it in a dish.
Pour in equal amounts of Part’s A and B of the cyanotype mix
Soak the shirt to make sure every part is covered in the solution. Do this in a well ventilated room.
Let it dry. Be sure to put some paper underneath the shirt to catch drips.
Expose the shirt when it is dry to your favorite light source (I choose sunlight)
After a while, you will see it start to change
Develop or clear the shirt in a mixture of water and vinegar
After a good rinse, put it in a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide. This intensifies the blues.
Hang it up to dry. You can reapply a sensitizer if you want to add another layer of color. In any case, it isn’t that tough. I would hand wash this since any laundry detergent is going to bleach the shirt.