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Anna Meier is an artist and earth witch living and working on unceded Nisenan land (Sacramento CA). She received her BFA in Fibers from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and her MFA in sculpture at the University of Miami.
Meier’s practice focuses primarily on working with and rewilding ancestral art processes to encourage humanity to learn how to respectfully co-create with nature.
Why Use Natural Dyes?
My current art practice focuses heavily on the process of natural dyes. The textile industry is one of the main polluters of our planet and as someone who loves and studies textiles I want my work to reflect the sustainable future I hope for. There are many nuances to these complex issues and I am always working on finding a process that works for me, and I encourage others to do the same.
I currently choose to use only natural dyes derived from plants that I grow or locally forage for. I also use organic indigo sourced from Botanical Colors. The fabric I use is sourced from a few different places, but the majority of it is secondhand. I use a soy milk mordant, natural plant tannin mordants, and a homemade iron mordant in my work. Plants hold a wealth of knowledge, magic, and medicine in them, knowledge that our ancestors carefully collected over the centuries, and knowledge we have managed to ignore or lose in just over 150 years. My hope is to connect what we learn together and work to reconstruct our legacy of partnering with plants.