Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to measure the blue?
During your travels or while you wanders taking some fresh air.
Designing your new interior and looking for inspiration.
Connecting your blues to some nice poetry or a piece of music and sharing it with someone else.
I made this Cyanometer, entirely by hand, inspired by the first instrument that Horace Bénédict de Saussure created in 1789 to measure the transparency and colour of the sky. He discovered why the sky changes color. Humboldt used that instrument in his explorations in South America.
Today this poetic and useful tool, printed by hand in Cyanotype on pure cotton paper is for you, to let you measure every day the blue of the sky, the sea or the soul, with a variety of fifty shades.
One of the most beautiful ways for printing in Cyanotype, is making a photogram. Instead of using a negative to make a photograph, you lay objects on the sensitized paper to make the print.
What you get with a photogram is a unique piece. Each time I lay my plants and flowers I create a different scene, with a different mood. I use tissue paper because it gives a special quality and luminosity to the piece. Each one is trated so you can get it wet without any trouble.
The size of these flower vases spans from 20 to 25 cm ca. in height (8-10″ ca.). The bottles can be used as beautiful candle holders too.
Wooden Key rings and Hanging hooks, the Portable Beaches in glass, boxes of Healing Lanzarote, bottles of Elixir of Lanzarote, cardborard magnets of architectural details from La Villa de Teguise
Key rings and different Hanging hooks nice for the keys or in the kitchen too. A matt varnish guarantees resistance over time. Made with recicled pallet wood.
Key rings with sea or cactus images. A glossy varnish guarantees resistance over time. Made with recicled corks. In brown and white finish.
Recicled glass, a coloured lanyard, sand and a shell. Cyanotype on the closing cork.
Empty boxes that used to have medicines inside. I recicled them, turning them inside out, and printed in cyanotype, naming them Healing Lanzarote because here the medicine is around you. The medicine is outside now.
On the front of the larger boxes you find the “Active Ingredients”: Embracing Sun, Protecting Sea, Supporting Volcanoes, Powerful Nature. Total: Marvel.
On the back of the box you find the directions, where the idea is a “translation” from a real vintage headache pill box. Inside the box there are tiny bits of lava, which make the “sea sound” described in the directions.
Elixir of Lanzarote
Very old mini liquor bottles have become the container for your most precious treasure ideas, with a label made at size for them.
Architectural details from La Villa de Teguise, former capital of Lanzarote.
The portraits of your family (motherline, ancestors, granpas, siblings, etc.) will be printed on canvas with a decoration made with real flowers and plants. Each decoration will be different and the style can be according to your liking.
You only need to choose your favorite photo(s) of your family, and send them in digital format to firstname.lastname@example.org, to be transformed into a beautiful homage to those you love. It will be a personalized work, made only for you.
I will transform your digital image(s) into a negative, and use them together with the flowers and plants to make the final photographic print. My proposal is to have them printed on canvas, with a blue cotton string freely passing through, so to hang them like small flags on a doorway frame, over a fireplace, on a furniture, wall, etc. They will be free to move over the string. The prints will be 15x15cm (6×6″) ca., to fit into a very nice gift box. The price will be 50 euros for one decorated print, and 40 euros for the succesive ones if you want a series of different photos. Cyanotype prints on paper are a simpler option, right to frame them, without the blue cotton string. Price will be 40 euro for one decorated print and 30 for the succesive ones. For a large work, please contact me.
In a search for the feeling of belonging and well-being, inside a context of relationships I’ve being working for many years on my large family tree, built with the help of other people.
I realized how common this feeling, or the search of it, can be throughout the world, being such a basic need in our lives. So I decided to offer this work, to people who are cultivating the same sense of identity and inner healing when loved for what we are inside our family. This work can also be a precious gift.
Please, share this project, if you liked it. Feel free to write me through the contact page if you have any suggestions or if you wish to know more and ask for a personalization.
Sea weeds of Lanzarote, photographed and printed in different formats.
Although with a personal different technique and style they are a tribute to Anna Atkins, the botanist and first woman photogrpher who made, using cyanotype, the first photographic book of history: “British Algae”.
My series of Lanzarote Algae printed on Arches Platine 310 g cotton paper, using a hake brush for coating the emulsion, leaving the brush strokes visible.
A series of prints on Canson Watercolor paper, framed into a recycled cardboard hand painted frame.
On glasses and on bottles, the print is made on tissue paper.
Lampara decorativa botella – impresion de algas de Lanzarote
Lampara decorativa botella – impresion de algas de Lanzarote
Lampara decorativa botella – impresion de algas de Lanzarote
In an apttempt to mantain health we use medicines, from plants or synthetic. On the matter, some miths or fears reign creating different views. Trying to artistically approach the matter I photographed some medicinal Plants of Lanzarote and printed them in #cyanotype on Medicine information leaflets. The cardboard frame is a scrap from another cyanotype print.
En el tentativo de mantener la salud utilizamos medicamentos, procedentes de plantas uobtenidos por síntesis. Sobre la materia, algunos mitos o miedos reinan generando visiones diferentes. Intentando acercarme artisticamente al asunto, he fotografiado algunas Plantas medicinales de Lanzarotee impresas en #cianotipia sobre prospectos de Medicamentos. El marco en cartón es reciclado de otra impresión en cianotipia.
Condensed in two minutes the video of the work I make in three days: cutting all the paper, coating with the emulsion, exposing, developing, etc. up to the final print ready to be sold in the artisan markets of Lanzarote or posted worldwide.
En solo dos minutos el video del trabajo que hago en tres días: cortar todo el papel, poner la emulsion, exponer, revelar, etc. hasta la impresión final lista para ser vendida en los mercadillos artesanos de Lanzarote o enviada en todo el mundo.
Limited edition photograph printed with the classic 1842 Cyanotype formula on Arches Platine, a 100% cotton rag with no alkaline reserve, especially made for alternative photography such as platinum, p.palladium, cyanotype, etc.
The first print I offer you is a wonderful moment at sunset in Famara, Lanzarote. Young boys gliding with gestures that reminded me La Danse by Matisse.
It comes together with a dedicated, free verse poem by Solange Rincón, a good friend and poet living in Maracaibo, Venezuela, who won several prizes and have books published.
I present you my panoramas of Lanzarote, in 30×40 cm (12×16 inches approx.) or 15×40 cm. They are all original photographic prints made on Arches Platine, a museum grade paper made of pure cotton fibers, without alkaline reserve for alternative photographic processes. The tones are beautiful, from prussian blue to turquoise.
The colours of the following images are an approximation due to reproduction techniques changed during time.
Surfaces of the Mother Earth. Natural textures we can walk by, focusing on their beauty. They belong to us all, to Lanzarote.
Recycled 100% pure cotton hand made paper. These photos are proposed in the Golden Ratio (proporción áurea) 25 x 15,5 cm. Mounted on a thick recycled cardboard in a way to enhance the three dimensional aspect.
Macro Collection, is intended for the interior design of your home.
The ocean beauties of my Macro collection are found on the shores of Lanzarote, often battered by the sea and its volcanic rocks. Small pieces, with a dimension from few millimeters up to few centimeters, are collected and taken into my photographic workshop to regain a new life. I am presenting you all those ocean beauties in the same printed dimension, to give them the chance to be seen, and chosen, by you.
Together with those images I like to present you other sensations from the earth, images from plants, their seeds, berries. Being larger than their life size they connect with the other sea beauties for the same stylistic and photographic approach.
In this work I felt the influence of art master Karl Blossfeldt, even if my style is very different. The use of natural light helped me to preserve every feeling these objects are able to transmit and the formal structure highlighted the details. The use of the prussian blue of cyanotype gives abstraction and poetry at the same time.
My Macro collection of those beautiful treasures is hand printed in Cyanotype, following the 1842 traditional photographic process, on Arches Platine, a very special 100% cotton paper specifically designed and produced in France for alternative photography processes such as platinum (hence the name), palladium, cyanotype.
Each photograph is 23×23 cm (9×9″), and is mounted on a simple white support 25×25 cm in Lanzarote markets and posted without it for your free choice of frame and home decoration.
You can find them in the artisan markets where I work in Lanzarote. I post all over the world in a very well protected parcel with registered mail. Please, contact me for further details.
In February 2020, few days before all the world was locked down for a virus, has been registered in Lanzarote the strongest sand (or dust) storm since decades. The local name for that is “calima”, a special weather condition rather fascinating to me, coming directly from the facing African Sahara. I wanted to depict it since a long time, and the time arrived with a huge one. All becomes brown and the sun is barely recognizable, there is a hot diffused light from dazzling to soft, and wind.
I have tested and developed a special linearization system during lockdown, to elaborate the negative so that all the fading shades of the highlights can be there, smooth in the print. A difficult task with Classic Cyanotype formula.
I am happy to offer you this series in a limited edition of 50, made on Arches Platine 310 g, museum quality 100% cotton rag, size is 30×40 cm.
For a long time I wanted to create something organic and large. I present to you here my limited edition works of art, in a dimension larger than usual for me. To overcome the limit of the negative dimensions I split the photographic print into several negatives, creating diptyches, triptyches, polyptyches. Each print is made in a limited edition of 24.
These prints, using the historic photographicprocess of Cyanotype, have been handmade in Lanzarote and show you organic parts found in the island. Each photographhas been hand printedon a thin paper, the Hahnemuhle Sumi-e 80g rice paper, that has beenbonded later over Arches Platine 100% 310g pure cotton paper as a heavier support, with a technique called Chine Collé,using natural powdered starch paste. The Chine Collé is water reversible, put the work of art into water (pH 7) for one hour to detach the print from its paper support.
The work of art is attached to a fine-art Aluminium Dibond with a thin double-sided adhesive tape all around its borders and kept under light pressure to cure. The Dibond has a square frame on the back to help you hang the work on your wall.
Each print is labelled on the back of the dibond with the edition details and signed. A certificate of autenthicity comes within the work. All the works are carefully protected with packaging foam and put inside a customized cardboard box. The box(es) are shipped safely protected with other wrapping material, inside an outer box. Registered mail, or collect it in person.