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Image of 2-DAY INTENSIVE EARTH PIGMENTS at Heidi's studio


$460.00 - Sold out

Sat + Sun August 10th/11th, 2019, 10am-3pm
north of Bellingham, WA, USA*

Join Heidi in her rural studio realm for a weekend intensive on EARTH PIGMENTS. We will learn the lost art of connecting to and making pigment from foraged mineral materials: ochre, soil, clay, dirt, rock and others.

Saturday ~~ we will do field work in a local WA Cascade mountain landscape, learning to see various mineral and soil pigments while gaining a deeper understanding of ethical foraging practices.

Sunday ~~ we will work amongst Heidi’s vast library of pigments in her cabin studio. Together we will learn how to work with minerals as unique creative resources. Heidi will show how to process earth minerals, soil, clay and stone according to their unique personalities, behaviors and geologic/elemental nature. Everyone will leave with a set of personal earth pigments, identification and processing skills and a deeper meaning of how to integrate minerals into their own practices.

Heidi's rural studio cabin is located near Everson, WA, closer to the USA/Canadian border. Due to the private location and small size of her studio, this workshop is extremely limited in size. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Email Heidi with questions or for recommendations, suggestions, etc. (heidi@earlyfutures.com).


- a notebook, for taking notes and testing your colors
- lunches and water
- personal foraged minerals, stones or other earth supplies *optional
- mortar and pestle, containers for pigments *optional

All other materials will be provided by Heidi and the earth.

*Precise locations will be sent to registered participants only.
1.5hrs from Vancouver, BC
2hrs from Seattle, WA
35min from Bellingham, WA.
Accessible by car and bicycle.


Heidi Gustafson is an artist, pigment worker and ore whisperer based in rainy, volcanic Cascade foothills of northern Washington. Her intuitive and highly collaborative ochre and iron research projects include work with award-winning scientists, paleontologists, anthropologists, linguists, citizen foragers/researchers and artists around the planet. She’s a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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