Nature Art

From a young age I have been inspired to create using foraged materials. In 2018 I started making natural inks and earth pigments to shift towards nature-based art making.

Here is a collection of explorations with natural materials, from botanical dyeing on silk to creating earth pigments from rocks and crafting with shells.




A Note on Ethical Foraging

Over the years I have learnt from many wonderful teachers, including plant teachers, about the importance of harvesting mindfully and taking only what you need to ensure that ecosystems are not harmed. I bring respect for and gratitude towards natures gifts. I strive to learn more about the names, histories, and stories of what I forage, to form an intimate connection with the landscape around me.

Indigenous scholar Robin Wall-Kimmerer has written about The Honourable Harvest in her book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. I have illustrated some of these principles in the painting below.

Illustration with text that reads: The Honourable Harvest. Know the way of the ones that take care of you so that you may take care of them. Introduce yourself. Be accountable as the one who comes asking for life. Ask permission before taking. Abide by the answer. Never take the first. Never take the last. Take only what you need. Take only that which is given. Share. Never take more than half. Leave some for others. Harvest in a way that minimises harm. Use it respectfully. Never waste what you have taken. Give a gift of reciprocity for what you have taken. Sustain the ones who sustain you, and the earth will last forever.