January 26, 2016

posted 2 Nov 2016, 10:56 by Dawn George   [ updated 2 Nov 2016, 11:16 ]
Met with Herb yesterday.  He is super excited about this project and very supportive. We talked a lot about process and safety.  "Eco" and "organic" does not necessarily mean "safe" - think about how hot pepper or an onion can really effect you physically.  A well ventilated area (or N95 respirator mask) is essential, also eye protection, gloves, and a smock would also help.

He also suggested that before I begin experimenting with plants that I start filming with super 8mm and do some hand/bucket processing with Caffenol.  Caffenol is made up of instant coffee, vitamin C, washing soda, salt and water.  He says that I can develop film this way but will most likely need a conventional fixer to make the image last; without the fixer the image would quickly fade. 
These are all great ideas as it will give me a base to work from and also because  it is winter and the plants really start to come out until April/May. 

Herb also clued me into a lot of cool blogs and websites to check out and begin doing some research.  Here are some of them:

History of Caffenol



Caffenol Cookbook



Caffenol Wiki



Caffenol Blog Spot