Natural Dye Artifacts
A flow of ancient memory;
remote, fragmented, and patinaed with the past;
the distance of another time.
I use natural dye plants from the land to create stains, unique marks, and surfaces held in the balance of beeswax and damar tree bark resin. The dyes are created using research and following recipes of ancient dyers from other cultures. A deep wisdom is found in creating color as each piece becomes an artifact of experience; thereby using the past in collaboration with the present moment. Each mark is made in an intuitive reaction to the ones before it, allowing each layer to inform the next. Inspired by a sense of place and the past, the artifacts become embedded with emotion and an imprint of the land, evoking absence, nostalgia, a deep longing, desire, sadness and joy becoming a tangible landscape of memory.