Artistic Representation of Natural Pigments by Heidi Gustafson

Washington-based artist and researcher Heidi Gustafson found her life calling in foraging, processing, and cataloging natural samples of minerals for the Early Futures Ochre Archive. Through her work, she found a way to express her artistic talents by photographing the samples that often come in incredible colors.

Gustafson’s work includes recording the available data about each particular ochre and finding new ways for their application. She finds new purposes for the materials, and “more importantly, [she] builds a relationship to the materials,” as she tells This is Colossal. “I’m trying to understand their unique behaviors, the microbial communities they host and support, their tonal ranges, their historical uses, and many other diverse features,” Gustafson adds.

You can see more on her Instagram page. Needless to say, we are absolutely in love with her work.

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ochre archive contributions sent to me (or that i foraged) in the past few months. many of these i didnt get around to sharing here when i received them, many others are still workin a bardo and not shown here. if you are new to my work and don't know about my ochre archive project >>> i cultivate a library of world-wide ochres (IRON-rich mineral pigments) for beauty, medicine, conservation and research purposes ~~~ esp. to explore imaginal and biological seeds hidden within them to help creatively respond to climate depression. humans (you??) send earthen chunks of pigment material (rocks, crystals, dust, sediments) found or sourced or mined, usually with a note or letter. you can read more and see fellow contributors on earlyfutures.com/ochrearchive. 💆🏽‍♀️ thank you again to all who've sent offerings already! over 500! in other news ~ did ya'll see the article about earths leaky core? turns out earth's magnetic iron heart leaks. as if i cld fall any more in love with our oozy woozy ferr place…. well… . . pigments from: washington, oregon, california, hawaii, utah, nevada, arizona, wyoming (Powars II site), north and south carolina, france, germany, italian islands, australia, south africa (joburg and sibudu), british columbia, and elsewhere. #ochrearchive #ochre #redochre #ironoxide #ironhydroxide #iron #siderophile #iron-loving #leakingcore #magneticpole #planetearth #mineralpigments #pigments #earthpigments #ironsky #artisticresearch #minerals #soilart #soil #stone #crystals #crystalhealing #microbiallife #humanorigins #rainbow #mining #ironmine #landscape #naturaldye #wildclay #slowcraft

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