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PIGMENT FORAGING with Heidi Gustafson

$125.00 - Sold out

Fri. May 10th 2019, 2pm-5pm ~ SOLD OUT
or Sat. May 11th 2019, 9am-12pm ~ SOLD OUT
Santa Cruz, California.*
email heidi@earlyfutures.com to be put on waitlist!

Learn the art of mineral pigment foraging in a beautiful open space and redwood forest setting of Santa Cruz, California. Heidi will lead participants to discover various geologic materials hiding in plain sight. This is a rare chance to also forage for gentle tones of mudstone, micaceous iron, and limestone pigments, which are an essential base pigment for many artistic materials and architectural features.

We will walk, talk, contemplate and explore little features of the land by gathering stones, hearing stories, exploring soil and rocks and enjoying the rock-features, including a sweet little labyrinth!

There are a few things you’ll need to prepare. Firstly, this is an outdoor, all-weather workshop. Please wear sturdy and comfortable shoes that you will be happy walking/hiking around 2 miles and clothes you can layer as needed.


- bag or backpack that can hold rocks and/or dirt
- water bottle and snacks
- layers, hat and anything else to be comfortable outside
- a stone or ceramic mortar and pestle, any size. If you need to buy one, shoot me an email (heidi@earlyfutures.com) and I’ll send you ideas.
- a notebook, for taking notes and testing your colors (feel free to bring a paintbrush if you want too)

Otherwise, just bring yourself!
Materials will mostly be provided by Heidi and the earth.

*Precise location will be sent to registered participants only.
Accessible by car and public transportation.


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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