In All Honesty – Original Cyanotype Collage


This dramatic, light-filled Cyanotype is an original one of a kind work of art.  A combination of Fern and Honesty Plant (Lunaria) original cyanotypes. This work of art is created by cutting shapes out of an original Honesty plant cyanotype to make to make  ‘windows’, then layering it on top of a second uncut Fern cyanotype to allow what is underneath to show through, giving a three – dimensional effect. It then becomes a collage of two original cyanotypes. It is unframed.

Size 11 x 7.5 ins.

The Cyanotype process was developed by Sir John Herschel in the 1840’s and shortly after used by the pioneering female early photographer Anna Atkins. A method of photography using sunlight without the use of a camera.

Lunaria. In the language of flowers, the plant represents honesty, money, and sincerity. In witchcraft, the honesty plant is considered protective, being thought to keep away monsters. It is believed the Honesty comes from the fact the seed pods are translucent and so not hiding their contents. Also known as Money Plant and Silver Dollar.

Ferns: The fern symbolizes eternal youth. To the indigenous Maori of New Zealand, the fern represented new life and new beginnings. To the Japanese, the fern symbolizes family and the hope for future generations. According to Victorians, the fern symbolized humility and sincerity.