Natural pigments

A project that focuses on the multi-faceted relationship between artistic creation and the environment. Using natural plant pigments, and recycled canvases, I want to tell the story of a Sustainable World devoid of human pressure.



Creating the work TOTEM, the artist limited herself to the materials she got by using the social network or she could pick in meadows and woods on her own. `She received the 20-year-old cloth from her neighbor Basia Stopka, a retired stage designer. She stained the material 420x130cm large in soya milk and prepared pigments from plants and fungi. She prepared water pigments using technique of dyeing. Due to their seasonal character , the samples give a certain idea about gradation of colors and make us realize the environmental nature of such practice. The artist was gathering plants materials and the turn of July and August, during vegetative period. Samples collected in other seasons give other color effects.



The list of used plants and fungi: Rudbeckia (red/brown), spruce cone (brown), birch bark (yellow), yarrow (yellow), scleroderma (green/ brown), agarcius (brown), inky cap (black/grey), mountain cranberry (purple). She also prepared various hues by mixing pigments obtained before. She extended the palette of colors in dyeing baths with organic and inorganic compounds. Among others she used urea, potassium sodium tartrate, tartaric acid and iron sulfate. For example, mixing the pigments from spruce cone she obtained purple/grey. To fix the colors she used glycerin. She stores the ready pigments in plastic bottles PET, as well as in glass jars after preserves.

collection of works


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