For some years I have also had a website and blog called ‘Jen’s Cyanotype Muse’ and will continue to do so. It is on https://jennifereurell.wordpress.com/
I had heard the call of the Whipbirds many times in my life – thousands of times. I could not help but think of my father whenever I heard their call – or the ring of the Bellbird – as he loved these sounds of the bush. However, it wasn’t until I did the above cyanotype print that I actually saw one. I’d mined the internet for whipbird shapes – sitting there in front of the computer drawing as many as I could find. So the reason I could now recognise the whipbird was because I had became familier with its shape from almost any angle. On one morning walk with John not far from our home at Mapleton two flew within a few feet of us. I was totally excited about this.
For the last three years I have been part of the Maleny Printmakers ‘Collectables’ exhibition. It is an exhibiton of small prints, 13.5 x 11.5 cms, which sell for $30 each. It is a lovable exhibition and many prints are sold. This year I did five prints in editions of ten and the above cyanotype was one of them. It really came about because we’d bought a new camera – A Nikon Coolpix P900 – which has an 83x zoom lens and has gained a reputation for taking pictures of the moon. We had to try it. I’m not even sure if the photo was taken by myself or my husband John. It was a reasonably crisp photo for a handheld shot – so that suggests John. It was also way off centre – so that suggests me. It will remain a mystery.
I’d probably known Hazel for around 70 years. She lived across the road from my home when I was a child – and I always called her Mrs Benson until I was around 70 and she insisted that I call her Hazel. Her daughter-in-law gave me the tray when she died. I don’t know if it is molded glass, cut glass or crystal – it is ‘precious’ because it was Hazels.
Why baby dresses? They are small – although sometimes bigger than I think when I try to fit them on a sheet of printmaking paper. I do like how the cyanotype process shows off their construction.
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
These were part of a series of works based on the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. They were my first serious attempts at cyanotype. When I left Rockhampton in 2015 the fernery was very much in a state of disrepair, and I wonder if it has been demolished or refurbished. The Thozets were involved with the early days of the gardens.