natural dyes & the wealth of water in southern finland

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Anna’s forest dye kitchen

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Cortinarius semisanguineus (red cap mushrooms) eco-printed on peace silk


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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…