MAY 2017 – Blueshift with Amy Ash

Blueshift with Amy Ash

Blue is a complicated colour with contradictory layers of mythologies. Together we started to unpick the colour blue using Amy’s thought-provoking research packages and thinking about its symbolisms and associations:

Blue collar: relating to manual work or workers, particularly in industry.

Blue lies: a pyschologists term for falsehoods, told on behalf of a group, that can actually strengthen bonds among the members of that group.

Blue shift: Used in astrology to determine relative motion; a blueshift is any decrease in wave-length, with a corresponding increase in frequency of an electromagnetic wave.

Cyanotype: a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

Rayleigh Scattering: named after the British physicist Lord Rayleigh, is the elastic scattering of light or other electromagnetic radiation by particles much smaller that the wavelength of the radiation. The clear sky and deep sea appear blue because of this optical effect.


Working in layers, we then used drawing, collage, transparencies and archival photographs to create form and content which we then applied to cyanotype printing.