Notes on Cyanotypes

Cyanotype (si-an-o-type)

The popularity of houseplants has been thriving in recent years but our enjoyment can turn to frustration when they simply won’t stay alive! Sometimes even the most avid horticulturalist can be defeated. For those of us who struggle to maintain a domestic oasis, there are other ways of bringing the outside in. Our new Limited Edition Cyanotype prints are the perfect way to preserve the beauty of a natural silhouette without being high maintenance…


Birdie Fortescue Blog | Cyanotype


Birdie has carefully selected fourteen striking designs to either sit together in small curated groups or to work as stand alone pieces. Each Cyanotype has been embossed manually and displayed in a bespoke box frame with the paper carefully float mounted to accentuate the natural texture of the surface. These wonderful botanical Cyanotypes have been made entirely by hand and carefully printed on vintage vellum paper. 


Birdie Fortescue Blog | Cyanotype

 View the full collection of Framed Cyanotype Prints here.

Created by the new French brand Invincible Eté (meaning Invincible Summer), they are a uniquely poetic interpretation of the traditional Cyanotype process.

What is a Cyanotype?

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a deep cyan-blue print and was discovered by the scientist Sir John Herschel in 1842 as a means to reproduce diagrams. This unique process creates a cyan blue silhouette when an object is placed on a reactive surface and develops in UV light, and was later used by engineers in the 20th century to produce blueprints. Herschel inspired his friend, Anna Atkins, a botanist, who made cyanotype images of the flora she collected, earning her place as a founding mother of photography.

Birdie Fortescue Blog | Cyanotype

Limited Edition Framed Cyanotype £350.00

Style With…

Our new vintage Boule cushions are the perfect textiles to complete a blue and white scheme. When mixed with our plain velvet cushions and a corresponding Kantha throw they create a fun and original display. Due to the nature of the weave, they will give a newly decorated interior that sought-after 'lived-in’ look!

Medina Baule Cushion £78.00

Our botanical Cyanotypes create a strong impact when grouped together. We love hanging them as a single horizontal line above a console table in order to achieve a clean, sharp look. Equally, they look fabulous hung in structured groups of 4s or grouped more informally in a loose arrangement. Style your furniture with coordinating blue and white ceramics and objets to maximise the effect.

Potterie Dark Blue Gourd Vases £13.50