The cabinet of curiosities

Watt, Jane (2015) The cabinet of curiosities. [Show/Exhibition]

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The Cabinet of Curiosities is about the curious things that we find, treasure and keep. These objects may be displayed proudly, or kept at the back of a drawer somewhere. They may be rare, or quite commonplace. They usually have a story behind them.

This collection shows the breadth of curios that people in the North West area of Cambridge have: Roman pottery, a piece of meteorite, WW1 badges, archive photograph negatives, homegrown vegetables, found and homemade objects, fossils, things dug up in back gardens to name but a few.

In autumn 2014 Jane toured locations in North West Cambridge, Girton, Histon and Impington with her bright blue mobile studio. There, visitors talked about their objects and were able to watch as their curiosities were recorded as a cyanotype, one of the oldest forms of photography. Objects were placed on light sensitive paper, exposed to sunlight, or a UV lamp and then the paper washed in water; a simple, but magical process that transformed objects into two-dimensional blue and white images.

The Cabinet of Curiosities is commissioned by Barratt Homes, managed by Artscape and supported by University Campus Suffolk. It is part of the Darwin Green Art Programme.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyanotype, Darwin Green art programme, images, printmaking
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 08:11
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 08:12

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