Sarah Cribari is a cyanotype artist and seamstress based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Using the historical photography method of cyanotype printing, she creates botanical works of art on paper and fabric with objects from nature and the sun. Originally from Wisconsin, Sarah discovered this art form during her 10 years of living in the Arizonan desert where sunlight was plentiful. She followed the sun to Northern Colorado in 2023 and is now incorporating locally grown flowers and plants in her work. Her original artwork and prints feature bold blue and white colors contrasted with the delicate shapes of the natural world. Through her cyanotypes she looks to encourage others to engage with nature in a wild, wholehearted, and intentional way.
The cyanotype process (also called alternative process or sun printing) uses natural elements, sunlight, and water to create vibrant Prussian blue images. Invented in the mid 1800s, cyanotype printing is one of the oldest photographic processes. By coating materials with a UV sensitive solution, exposing them to sunlight, and developing them in water, rich blue and white silhouettes emerge.