WORKSHOP: Earth Pigments as Ritual Practice

Saturday, May 11, 2024 10am – 1pm

FEE: $15, Members: $10
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Join artist and ochre specialist, Heidi Gustafson for a workshop introducing the creative power of natural earth pigments. She will introduce how to conduct artistic research into pigments from local places, how to work with foraged rock and soil materials carefully and respectfully, and how to ritually engage earth pigments (or not) so as to try to support and benefit Earth and fellow creatures at this powerful moment in time.

Heidi is an artist, pigment worker and an ochre/iron oxide specialist based in rainy, volcanic Cascade foothills of northern Washington, with an archive of over 400 ochre pigments from sacred and profane sites worldwide. She makes limited edition and custom pigments for artists and researchers, as well as teaches workshops and consults on-site to forage and find pigment-rich lands. Her intuitive and highly collaborative ochre and iron   projects include work with award-winning scientists, paleontologists, anthropologists, linguists, citizen foragers, artists, and friends around the planet. Named the “woman archiving the world’s ochers” by the New York Times, and the “ochre whisperer” in American Craft, her work has been featured in several books and publications including The Dark Mountain Project, Colossal, True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigment and others. She’s the author of Book of Earth: A Guide to Ochre, Pigment, and Raw Color.