Cygnus Suite

Cygnus suite is a collection of cyanotypes of swans and swan related objects found in locations in London based on a map of the star constellation cygnus, the swan. The different stars in the constellation are represented by parks or other places you might find swans, you can see the google map here. This work was the result of taking part in the ‘Starlight’ artists’ residency with Mayes Creative and The Royal Astronomical  Library.

All the images are catalogued, similar to how stars and other astronomical phenomena are catalogued, each with its own number. Swan images are catalogued  – Co (Cygnus olor, mute swan latin name); HP/BP/SJP/BM/WC (Hyde Park/Burgess Park or Battersea Park/British Musuem/Wellcome Collection); W2/SE5/SW11/SW1A/ WC1/NW1 (park/museum postcode); 1,2,3…(image number). Feather numbered simply F1, F2 etc, in a similar style to messier numbers and Mpm is Miscellaneous printed material, Si is Swan image. Some of the images have colour added to the cyanotype using inks, this is to represent the different colours seen in the particular star.

Deneb (a) (Hyde Park)
Cyanotypes on paper. Each cyanotype is 18 x 12.5cm, mounted on one piece of paper 84 x 59.5 cms.

Fawaris (The British Museum)
Cyanotypes on paper. Each cyanotype is 11.5 x 8.5 cm, mounted on one piece of paper 84 x 59.5 cms.

Albireo A(1) (Burgess Park)

Cyanotypes on paper. Each cyanotype is 18 x 12.5cm, a pair mounted on one piece of paper 42 x 29.9 cms

Albireo A(2) (Burgess Park)

Cyanotypes on paper. Each cyanotype is 18 x 12.5cm, a pair mounted on one piece of paper 42 x 29.9 cms

Albireo B (Burgess Park)

Cyanotypes on paper. Each cyanotype is 18 x 12.5cm, a pair mounted on one piece of paper 42 x 29.9 cms

Sadr (St. James’ Park)
Cyanotypes on paper. Each cyanotype is 11.5 x 8.5 cm or  18x 12.5cm, a single image or a pair mounted on one piece of paper 42 x 29.9 cms

Aljanah (Battersea Park).

Cyanotypes on paper. Each cyanotype is 18 x 12.5cm, a single image mounted on one piece of paper 42 x 29.9 cms

Iota (The Wellcome Collection)
Cyanotypes on paper. Each cyanotype is 11.5 x 8.5 cm, mounted on one piece of paper 84 x 59.5 cms. Images taken from Wellcome Collection copyright free images of swans in their image collection

If you are interested in purchasing or exhibiting any of the works shown here, please contact me

In Search of Cygnus

In Search of Cygnus is a continuation of the Cygnus constellation theme. I have been documenting all the discarded Swan cigarette filter packaging I have come across in my daily life, by photographing them in situ and making a note of where I saw them and when. This is an ongoing project, and here is one outcome, where I have printed many of them out as cyanotypes and mounted them together pinned to foam board.

Each cyanotype is approximately 9 x 12 cms, mounted on a piece of 13 x 18cm paper, which in turn are mounted on a piece of foam board 84 x 60 cms