About Paper Birch

Cyanotype printing and coastal living

 Paper Birch is a Wall Art & Paper Goods brand, founded by Graphic Designer Krystal Fanning. Based in Cornwall, UK, Krystal specialises in cyanotype printing and it's defining blue tone has become the signature style for Paper Birch. Inspired by coastal living, she uses carefully sourced British seaweed and ferns from the surrounding coastline to create beautiful, hand printed cyanotype prints. All of the art prints available online are re-produced from original sun-printed cyanotypes and are printed onto quality, sustainably sourced papers.

Cyanotype Art Prints and Paper Goods Inspired by Nature

The Cyanotype printing process

The cyanotype process is a photographic printing technique that produces images with a distinctive blue tint. It was developed by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and gained popularity as a simple and inexpensive method for creating blueprints and photographic prints. 

Anna Atkins, a 19th-century botanist and photographer, made a profound impact on the art and science of photography with her pioneering work with cyanotypes. Atkins harnessed the potential of cyanotypes to document plant specimens and in 1843 published  "Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions,"  making her the first person to create a book solely composed of photographic images. 

Cornwall Porthcurno, cyanotype seaweed printing


Inspired by coastal living

It's here, in Cornwall’s sub-tropical gardens and beautiful, ever changing coastline, designs for our collections take shape. From delicate pieces of seaweed found floating on the shoreline, to wild ferns growing in the nearby hedgerows, they all tell the story of this unique place. 


Cyanotype Process Paper Birch, Cornwall


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Channel 4 celebrity craft masters Kirstie Allsopp

Get in touch

To get in touch about wholesale, collaborations or general enquiries,
please email: contact@paperbirch.co.uk