Workshop: 16mm Cyanotype Loop Workshop

with Margaret Rorison

September 22, 2018 at 10:00am

16mm Cyanotype Loop Workshop

In this workshop, participants will work with this 19th Century photographic process in combination with 16mm film to create their own cyanotype film loops. Each student will be able to create two 5’ film loops. Participants will work with 16mm film that has been previously coated in cyanotype solution, creating photograms by placing objects over the UV sensitive film, exposing the film to sunlight, then rinsing the film in water to develop beautiful blue patterns and forms.  We will go over the emulsion making and coating process, but for the purpose of time, the film will have been pre-coated prior to the workshop.


Through this DIY process, we will be creating patterns of light and dark that will spill over onto the margin typically reserved for sound. The 16mm projector will read these patterns of light and dark and translate them into sound. We will explore how to repeat patterns on continuous frames (24 frames = 1 second of film projection) and how to explore the destruction/creation of the optical soundtrack.


We will also discuss the current DIY artist filmmaking community and provide other resources to DIY/experimental filmmaking techniques.




Bring: Workshop includes pre-coated cyanotype 16mm film and photogram materials, but feel free to bring your own objects to work with! Anything with interesting shapes, edges and forms that they would like to use. Examples include leaves, lace, safety pins, rubber bands, nails – anything that will create patterns and forms – and sound! Please also bring a brown bag lunch/snacks/water bottle.


Date:Saturday, September 22nd, 2018




Location: Full Circle Fine Art Services

33 East 21st Street

Baltimore, MD 21218


Instructor: Margaret Rorison is filmmaker and curator from Baltimore, MD. Her works often develop from explorations through rural and urban landscapes, combining language, sound and imagery to create installations, films and live 16mm projections. Her recent films explore the visceral nature of memory and its dialogue between space and experience. She is interested in the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound.


Rorison is a 2018 Baker Award Winner for Film, the recipient of a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grants in media and performing arts, a recipient of The Maryland State Arts Council 2016 Individual Artist Awards and 2015 Sondheim Semi-finalist. She was awarded a 2015 Grit Fund Grant in addition to a 2012 and 2014 Launch Artists in Baltimore Grant to start a new experimental film series, Sight Unseen that has been running since 2012.


Her work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Miami PULSE Art Fair, Mono No Aware VI & VII, Microscope Gallery, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. She currently teaches at The Maryland Institute College of Art and conducts workshops in various cities.


Cost: $180 / $155 for currently enrolled students