Gold lutea circle scarf
Silk with machine hems
Recycled pomegranate rinds + tansy dye baths
Chesnut extract + iron creates a warm brownish grey. It has been said that an enterprising squirrel could once travel from Maine to Georgia on the interlocking branches of chestnut trees.
Black walnut juice has been used since prehistoric times when weavers extracted a rich dark brown dye & used the green husks to make a yellow dye. The also boiled the bark to extract a deep brown dye used for coloring wool.
Emerald forest scarves
Wool silk blend with hand-rolled hem
Tansy + indigo dye bath
“Raising me like an offering…”
Tansy’s name is derived from the Greek Athanasia meaning “immortal,” perhaps noting its long life in the garden. It was used as an embalming agent from ancient days until the mid 1800s.
Silk with hand-rolled hem
Bundled w/ autumn flowers & berries
Cochineal + madder root dye bath
Anna’s forest dye kitchen
Cortinarius semisanguineus (red cap mushrooms) eco-printed on peace silk
During my stay in Southern Finland I felt constantly surrounded by water. The rainy atmosphere and abundance of lakes created a world that was both dark and deeply alive. There were all of these plants, fungi, insects and amphibians who were living by the water, from the water’s intricate underground tunnels, and soaking up all it’s minerals through their skin. I felt this way too as I bathed in the cold lake, dipped in mud pools after sauna, and boiled water to make food & drinks. I thought a lot about the wealth of water and especially our reliance on it during my times in the dye kitchen. Buckets of colored water were everywhere and the sound of simmering was constant. The task of touching water so often to my hands and to my whole body had a meditative force. So much gratitude for being able to experience the world like frogs & mushrooms do…