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Anna Meier is an artist living and working in Northern California. She received her BFA in Fibers from the Oregon College of Art and Craft and her MFA in sculpture at the University of Miami.
Working in multiple mediums, Meier focuses on blurring the lines between art and life to create beneficial and eye opening experiences. Each of her projects is an attempt to understand how art and creative work can make a positive impact on society.
Location: San Francisco, CA
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 many nuances to these complex issues and I am always working on finding a process that works for me and my ethics. I currently choose to use only natural dyes derived from plants that I grow or wildcraft. I also use organic indigo sourced from Botanical Colors. I use a soy milk mordant, natural plant tannin mordants, and a homemade iron mordant in my work. My fabric is sourced from various places but I’m working on sourcing the majority of it from thrift stores. I love to share information on dyeing! 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.