Welcome To Handmade On Peconic Bay

Using 19th century photographic techniques, artist and photographer Matt Shapoff spends his weekends capturing the marine life, dead or alive, on Peconic Bay, a tidal estuary located between the North and South Forks of Long Island. Matt's favorite subjects are native Peconic fauna and flora, including wild flowers, grasses, and “curiosities” which wash up on the beach, such as crabs, conch shells and sculptural driftwood.

Subjects are directly exposed "in the field", using 19th century photographic techniques to produce single or open edition Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown prints. The Cyanotype is a 19th century photographic process, combining photo sensitized paper with objects and sunlight, to create white silhouettes on a Prussian blue ground. The Van Dyke Brown is a similar process, resulting in white objects on a rich sepia tone ground. Both the natural subject matter and centuries old printing techniques give Matt’s work a decidedly vintage look and feel. The prints are sold individually for framing or made into unique greeting cards and bookmarks.

Matt and his wife Cynthia Rybakoff, a jewelry and graphic designer, have just launched a shop at Etsy.com, featuring Mtt's Cyanotypes, Van Dyke Browns and a collaborative collection of Giclee fine art prints featuring Cynthia's photo illustrations of Peconic specimens in bright colors for the holidays. Cynthia plans to add sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry to the mix, in colors inspired by the natural beauty of the Peconic Bay region.

Handmade On Peconic Bay products are also sold at the Parrish Art Museum shop in Southampton, NY and Montage Art & Design in Wilmington, NC. You can also view Matt's gallery at CynthiaRybakoff.com and geo-locate specimens on Google Earth. Read more about Cynthia's jewelry at CynthiaRybakoff.com.

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