Natural Inks & Dyes

In the spring of 2022, I went to Southern Maryland for an artist residency at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art Center. While there I had the opportunity to roam through the woods, the shore of Chesapeake Bay, and other wild locates including historical cemeteries and churchyards. While in one overgrown 17th century churchyard I came upon some fallen black walnut husks, which I  with the intention of experimenting with making some pigments from them. From this experiment came a number of natural inks and dyes that I've been using to produce artworks. There are more to come as I see where this fascinating conversation with natural materials goes in my studio practice.