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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

6.28.2013

Blue Poppy

[Anna Atkins, Poppy, about 1852. V & A Museum no. PH.381-1981.]
Remember Atkins's Papaver Orientale, aka Poppy, from Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns (1854) ?

[Detail: Henrietta Molinaro's cyanotype Poppy, 2012-13]
When I saw London-based graphic designer and artist Henrietta Molinaro's contemporary cyanotypes, I thought of her 19th century predecessor, Anna Atkins, the woman widely acknowledged to be the first female photographer. (And in fact it was photog Miguel Flores-Vianna who introduced me to Molinaro's work.) See how Molinaro opts to isolate the bold hand-picked and pressed poppy so that the sheer, floppy petals fill the space? This summer her work is on view in London at Wilson, Stephens & Jones. Find more here, here and here.

2 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

these are utterly fabulous!

Style Court said...

Stefan, so glad you appreciate them too!