Dusty True Blue is a project created by Jess Jones, Virginia (USA) based artist/photographer, where she is currently making beautiful cyanotype printed bags, shoes, and jeans. While film stock prices continue to rise, Jess tells me that the cyanotypes are going strong and allows her to get experimental again. She is sharing her work on a new Instagram account called @dustytrueblue, which is also the place you can message her to purchase her wonderful creations!
Sometimes we spin so fast, that all that is left of us is a motion that can not be caught.
We, as part of an efficient society, do so much and naturally it has to be productive, effective, useful – both in our jobs and sometimes even in our private lifes. In these big cities of ours, where others are also spinning as successfully as we are, leaving after them nothing but a vortex made out of blurry colours and shapes. That is why it is so refreshing to see something done not for the sake of a time-efficient, comfortable and profitable result, but because it is done out of inspiration and creative thirst, when the process is approached as a slow and full immersion. This kind of an example we see in the second-in-the-world cyanotype music video “Wounded Angel” for the creation of which three artists united – musician godo yorke, french photographer Dan Hermouet and filmmaker Kotryna Daraškevičiūtė. Inspired, in fact, by the first Cyanotype music video by Edd Carr, which was also featured here on 35mmc.
The cyanotype process is loved by both photographers and printmakers alike. With relative ease, your image is steeped into a realm of rich, velvety blues that convey a sense of serenity and strength. Often you will see gazing portraits, awash with a range of striking blues. Or a simple landscape, the rolling hills or stretching forests no longer green – but a palette of endless blues.
For me, the print has always been the goal of photography. A few years ago I discovered alternative process printing and, after trying a handful of historical processes, settled on cyanotype. My cyanotypes have been shown in galleries and have been accepted by many juried competitions. While I never tired of making “blue prints,” I gradually began to miss color. Can color be added to cyanotype? Toning would seem to be an option, but toning merely replaces blue with a shade of brown or black. I wanted real color. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Nearly ten years ago my good friend and amazing artist Sinead McDonald taught me cyanotype printing, and ever since then I’ve been meaning to get back into it on my own, but things were never quite aligned. These last 6 months I started getting serious about making it happen, and looked at how I could get hold of the chemicals.