A handmade cyanotype book containing visual water stories gathered from fifty inspirational women I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.
Due to the pandemic, initial project plans for my final term in May 2020 came to a halt. With very limited resources, I was forced to come up with achievable and innovative ways of being creative.
During lockdown, we have learnt to slow down and appreciate the smaller things in life. We are now more grateful than ever for our memories and can acknowledge what truly makes us happy.
I felt that our memories of freedom were associated with the subject of open water. With the recent rise of many women open-water swimming, I used this concept and invited fifty women from different parts of the world to share their favourite memory of water.
From their responses, I created a handmade book containing fifty cyanotype prints developed from individual images relating to their stories. In a time of isolation, this project brought us together by collectively sharing our relationships to water.
I designed the title of the book with a pipette filled with the cyanotype liquid. Once exposed to the sun, the liquid turns blue. The colour blue is considered to be beneficial to the mind and body; it slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect which relates to the subject of my book, water.
Water Women was created to raise awareness of blue health and connect us through our positive water memories. These stories have proven that our experiences with water can have a powerful impact on our lives as individuals and together.