An Introduction to Locally Foraged Pigments with Amanda Brazier
Saturday, June 15 • 10 am–12:30 pm
This workshop explores ancient ways of creating with earth pigments and how these colors can lend a deeper sense of place and narrative to our creative practice.
We will process local rocks and clays into pigments and make our own set of watercolor paints. The day will end with a bit of time to paint with these beautiful colors.
About the Artist
Originally from Nashville, Amanda Brazier now calls Chattanooga home. Seven years ago she started gathering and using earth pigments in her paintings in order to learn more about the history and material of paint, and to be more connected to her environment. She's a facilitator for the public art organization Mark Making and represented by River Gallery in Chattanooga.
My work explores the way we build and inhabit shelter. The structures and materials of textiles and primitive dwellings influence my visual language. Like the building process, the paintings develop through stacking, weaving, and assembling simple forms. The textures and patterns suggest familiar spaces that not only cover our bodies but also connect our souls. I make paint from earth pigments gathered near my home, constructing a painted sanctuary with a sense of its origin.