More resources that may be helpful to those exploring natural materials art, masks & mummery. Also links to some of my teachers and collaborators.
An easy-to-use option for natural, biodegradable paint, especially good as a primer or base-coat for paper mache projects. I like to keep a packet of their "Base (no pigment)" product around to combine with my own collected and ground natural pigments. Located in Tooele, Utah.
Research what plant materials, animal fibers and mineral pigments and materials naturally occur in your bioregion. Learn to harvest responsibly, and how to give back to the environment more than you receive.
Recipes & Tutorials
This book and accompanying text has been invaluable as I have researched European mumming traditions, and has done an amazing job of spreading awareness of these traditions worldwide.
Roslyn M. Frank, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, has published a number of excellent papers concerning the origins of the European ritual bear hunt traditions often seen during Carnival.
Partners & Collaborators
7 acre "eco-industrial" creative space, pollinator garden and ecological restoration project. This is the current home of Rewild Portland and many of my collaborations with them. Located next to the Willamette River in the St Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
This annual gathering in the woods near Monmouth, Oregon is an amazing place to learn a wide variety of ancestral skills. Not only do I teach workshops there, I take classes and learn from others too.
Scott's amazing pigment knowledge and guidance have been invaluable as I have learned to work with natural paints.
Kayaktivist group, "Swarming Against Global Warming". They carried the giant salmon lantern by kayak along the Willamette River for the 2021 All Souls River Procession. Located at Green Anchors in the St Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
PHCC works with local tribes, businesses and community organizations towards the cleanup, restoration, and redevelopment of the Willamette River's Portland Harbor
We were excited to raise funds for them during the 2021 All Souls River Procession.