Icarus - Cyanotype and Embroidery

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

One of our studio holders, Rachael Prime has been working on new techniques to her art practice. Combining embroidery and Cyanotype together to create new designs. Here is her thoughts on her latest piece Icarus.


I have recently rediscovered Greek Myths of the last 12 months and recently decided to create 3 pieces that didn’t involve the higher gods. This piece has been inspired by the story of Icarus, a story of a captive boy and father.


Daedalus, a master craftsmen and his son Icarus imprisoned on the island of Crete fashioned two pairs of wings made of wax and goose feathers. Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun or the wax would melt and he would fall. Overcome by the freedom of the sky Icarus flew higher and higher the heat from the sun melted the wax and the feathers and Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.


The video below shows the design process behind this print, I hope to show more of my work in this format as I develop my work.











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