THE FLOWERING GENIUS (OF MARIA SIBYLLA MERIAN)

Framed Original 3-D Cyanotype

Extra Large: 848mm x 1108mm x 55mm
£7,500
Inspiration:
Maria Sibylla Merian
Year: 2021
Materials:
Cyanotype, Handmade Paper, silkworm cocoons, 24-carat gold 
Dimensions:
848mm x 1108mm x 55mm (Framed)

Inspiration
This artwork was inspired by Maria Sibylla Merian, a pioneer in art, science, and business. 

From an early age Merian was an accomplished painter of flowers and insects and an entomologist, possessing a great ability to move between art and science. Fusing artistic endeavour and nature observation, her fascinating paintings defied Victorian categorisation. They are a fitting monument to such an unusual figure whose life, too, was a blaze of colour making her one of the greatest artist‑naturalists of her time.

Technique
The Flowering Genius (Of Maria Sibylla Merian) was created by constructing a hand-cut collage using female photographic portraiture and photograms and photographs of flower specimens, silk moths and cocoons.

After coating the handmade paper and watercolour sheets with light-sensitive chemistry, they are left to dry in a dark room. The large scale negatives are then contact printed onto the paper by exposing to daylight (UV rays). The prints are then processed by thoroughly washing in water to remove any unexposed solution. It can then be hung to dry, developing to full density Prussian blue after 24 hours. Once dried the individual butterflies and flowers are cut out and mounted onto the print to create a multi-layered, 3-dimensional artwork along with the hand dyed silk worm cocoons.

Dimensions
Unframed:  Paper cut layered
Framed: 848mm x 1108mm x 55mm (Framed)     

Paper
Handmade recycled cotton rag paper: 
640gsm / 100% Cotton Rag / Recycled / Acid Free / PH Neutral / Medium Rough

Mount
We use float mounting for all of our framed cyanotypes. The artwork floats above a snow-white mount board, showcasing the paper texture and deckled edging.

Framing
Framed artwork will arrive ready to hang.

Each frame is handmade by our London based design team. They prime and sand the wooden frame before spraying black or white soft-sheen paint to achieve the highest quality finish. All frames come with gallery spec, 3mm thick anti-reflective/ UV glazing as standard. 

If you would like a bespoke frame, please get in touch to discuss alternative colours, gilding and glazing options.

Free UK Delivery On This Artwork
 

Small
 Goods*

Unframed
Art

Framed Art
(XS, S)
Framed Art
(M, L, XL)
UK £2.95 FREE FREE FREE
US / Canada $15.95 FREE FREE FREE
Europe €11.95 €19.95 €19.95 €39.95
Rest of World  £9.95 £29.95 £29.95 £49.95

 

*Small Goods: Includes Postcards, Jewellery, Totes

Please note: Shipping charges are set in GBP£ and converted with the current live exchange rate. There may be occasions when there is a very small difference between the advertised cost and the actual shipping cost at checkout.

 

Love It Or Return Within 30 Days
If you're not 100% happy with your new artwork, return within 30 days for a full refund or exchange with any other artwork. Read returns policy.
Usually Dispatched Within 24 Hours
In Stock
In Stock
This item is in stock, and usually dispatched within 24 hours of your order.
Beautfully Packaged
All Chloe McCarrick fine art is expertly and beautifully packaged with the upmost care.
Tracked Deliveries
Deliveries are tracked and we will email you the tracking number once your item has been dispatched.

Estimated Delivery Times

UK 3-5 Days
US / Canada 5-7 Days
Europe 5-7 Days
Rest of World 7-10 Days

Inspiration
This artwork was inspired by Maria Sibylla Merian, a pioneer in art, science, and business. 

From an early age Merian was an accomplished painter of flowers and insects and an entomologist, possessing a great ability to move between art and science. Fusing artistic endeavour and nature observation, her fascinating paintings defied Victorian categorisation. They are a fitting monument to such an unusual figure whose life, too, was a blaze of colour making her one of the greatest artist‑naturalists of her time.

Technique
The Flowering Genius (Of Maria Sibylla Merian) was created by constructing a hand-cut collage using female photographic portraiture and photograms and photographs of flower specimens, silk moths and cocoons.

After coating the handmade paper and watercolour sheets with light-sensitive chemistry, they are left to dry in a dark room. The large scale negatives are then contact printed onto the paper by exposing to daylight (UV rays). The prints are then processed by thoroughly washing in water to remove any unexposed solution. It can then be hung to dry, developing to full density Prussian blue after 24 hours. Once dried the individual butterflies and flowers are cut out and mounted onto the print to create a multi-layered, 3-dimensional artwork along with the hand dyed silk worm cocoons.

Dimensions
Unframed:  Paper cut layered
Framed: 848mm x 1108mm x 55mm (Framed)     

Paper
Handmade recycled cotton rag paper: 
640gsm / 100% Cotton Rag / Recycled / Acid Free / PH Neutral / Medium Rough

Mount
We use float mounting for all of our framed cyanotypes. The artwork floats above a snow-white mount board, showcasing the paper texture and deckled edging.

Framing
Framed artwork will arrive ready to hang.

Each frame is handmade by our London based design team. They prime and sand the wooden frame before spraying black or white soft-sheen paint to achieve the highest quality finish. All frames come with gallery spec, 3mm thick anti-reflective/ UV glazing as standard. 

If you would like a bespoke frame, please get in touch to discuss alternative colours, gilding and glazing options.

Delivery Costs
Free UK Delivery On This Artwork
 

Small
 Goods*

Unframed
Art

Framed Art
(XS, S)
Framed Art
(M, L, XL)
UK £2.95 FREE FREE FREE
US / Canada $15.95 FREE FREE FREE
Europe €11.95 €19.95 €19.95 €39.95
Rest of World  £9.95 £29.95 £29.95 £49.95

 

*Small Goods: Includes Postcards, Jewellery, Totes

Please note: Shipping charges are set in GBP£ and converted with the current live exchange rate. There may be occasions when there is a very small difference between the advertised cost and the actual shipping cost at checkout.

 

Dispatch
Usually Dispatched Within 24 Hours
In Stock
In Stock
This item is in stock, and usually dispatched within 24 hours of your order.
Beautfully Packaged
All Chloe McCarrick fine art is expertly and beautifully packaged with the upmost care.
Tracked Deliveries
Deliveries are tracked and we will email you the tracking number once your item has been dispatched.

Estimated Delivery Times

UK 3-5 Days
US / Canada 5-7 Days
Europe 5-7 Days
Rest of World 7-10 Days

Returns
Love It Or Return Within 30 Days
If you're not 100% happy with your new artwork, return within 30 days for a full refund or exchange with any other artwork. Read returns policy.

ARTWORK FACTS

Each Chloe McCarrick Cyanotype is an original one of its kind artwork. Female empowerment, natural history and science are recurring themes, constructing narratives from the lives of extraordinary, trailblazing women.


An Original
Chloe McCarrick


Bespoke
Box Frame


Exposed
In Sunlight


Hand-finished with
Gold Leaf
feather print

IN THE FRAME

Each box frame is crafted on-site, assembled and artwork fitted by our London based framing team.

Creating beautiful, bespoke hand-finished picture frames in a variety of woods, wide selection of profiles and high quality paint finishes to perfectly compliment the artwork.

All frames come with gallery spec, 3mm thick anti-reflective/ UV light blocking conservation glazing as standard, protecting from sun damage and guaranting reflection-free, enhanced clarity performance.

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