The Press and Print Project has now ended.
MASSIVE thanks to everyone who has taken part.
The Press and Print email is no longer monitored BUT if you have any questions regarding the project please just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Everything you need to collect and preserve wildflowers AND create cyanotype art prints!
Things you will need in order to collect flowers in the green spaces near you:
A nice sunny day
A local map and flower spotter sheet (the community centre has spares of the one in the kit!)
A pen, a pair of gloves (perhaps) and a pair of sharp scissors or shears
A phone to take photos and record locations
A plant identification app on your phone
Things you will need in order to press and preserve your wild flowers:
Your flower specimens
Some absorbent blotting paper (if you struggle to find some then newspaper is a good substitute!)
A large heavy book
Something to press down onto the book – so more heavy books, a vase, an ornament, or a brick!
Things you will need to make cyanotype prints from your dried flowers:
Some pre-coated cyanotype papers. These are easy to find with a quick google search, and stores such as Fred Aldous and First Call Photographic sell them online.
A piece of clear plastic or glass to press your flowers down as they expose on the paper. (You can use the glass from the inside of a small picture frame for this)
A sink to wash your papers out in.
Things you will need to send your specimens and image in to the Bristol Museum and to Kerry Lemon
(for residents of Emersons Green and Lyde Green only):
A nice big envelope
Some folded pieces of A4 paper
Some masking tape to close your paper shut
A pen to write the details of the plant locations onto the folded paper
A large letter stamp : (send your pressed flower samples to Rhian Rowson, Natural History Curator, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL
A camera or smartphone : (to send high resolution pictures of the cyanotypes you’ve made to email@example.com)