Wild Color



Leaf galls for dye making


Foraging for iron to make a rust garden for ink and dye














Natural Color Studies for artists

10 classes in the summer of 2023
Dedline to apply: March 3rd

Wildcolor is a webinar for artists interested in learning the science of color and about harvesting materials from the wild. The program will offer video lectures and chats with nine research scientists and experienced foragers about the nature of color and techniques for collecting and processing natural materials. We will also hear from the seven artists in the class about their ecoart practices. Built in to the 2 - 2.5 hours of daily programming are discussions, demonstrations, recommended assignments and show and tell. Artists will have the opportunity to connect with each of the other participants one on one.

The program will focus on finding meaning and magesty in materials and making relationships with the wildlife that surounds each of us.

Biophilium residencies are designed to facilitate research that will enrich visual and conceptual artists' practice within a group of like minded creative people. Artists, writers, musicians, film makers and dancers are invited to apply. The jury will select seven or eight international artists based on their portfolio rather than how they fit into any description of an artist.

All activities are subject to change depending on ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Outings will go ahead rain or shine.

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Make Ink - How to make ink from wild plants and urban detritus with Jason Logan

Polinator Perception and the Colours of Flowers with RMIT

Mineral Pigments - How to extract pigments from minerals

Biochemestry of secondary pigments and blue green algae.

Biomechanics of the color Blue

The Chemestry of Color: How to coaxe a rainbow from the back yard with Tilke of Botanical Color

Synesthesia and Tetrochromes in the Studio

The Physics of Light and Color with the University of Ottawa

The Ecological History of Color and Textile Dye

Wild Materials in Art- Talk on Contemporary art history, opportunities and resources

$600 USD
Residency places are limited to 7 artists.

How to apply:
Send the following material to ArtLovesScience@gmail.com
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of your work

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.