Heidi Gustafson with Melonie Ancheta — 'Book of Earth: A Guide to Ochre, Pigment, and Raw Color'

Art meets science in this guide to creating color with earth’s extraordinary pigments, exploring their fascinating uses today and throughout history


Third Place Books welcomes artist and ochre specialist Heidi Gustafson for a presentation of her new book, Book of Earth: A Guide to Ochre, Pigment, and Raw Color. Gustafson will be joined in conversation by Melonie Ancheta, the Director of Pigments Revealed International. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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About Book of Earth: A Guide to Ochre, Pigment, and Raw Color. . .

Part anthropological study, part art book, and part how-to, Book of Earth immerses you in the world of ochre, a naturally occurring mineral used to make pigment. Each chapter delves into author Heidi Gustafson’s rare pigment archive and provides a thorough exploration of natural color, while challenging our notions of the inanimate world. The book includes practical advice and techniques for creating your own pigments and applying these skills in everyday life.

Called the “ochre whisperer” by American Craft, and noted as the “woman archiving the world’s ochre,” in the New York Times, her personal collection of more than 600 pigments from around the planet is a unique treasure, and her passion and field experience will captivate you from the first page to the last.

Heidi Gustafson is an artist, researcher and ochre specialist who was born and lives in the rural Pacific Northwest. Her highly collaborative and intuitive projects include an ochre archive and sanctuary with over 600 earth pigments from around Earth. Called the “woman archiving the world’s ochers” by the New York Times, and the “ochre whisperer” in American Craft, her work has been featured in several books and publications including The Dark Mountain Project, Colossal, True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigment and many others.

Melonie Ancheta is a professional researcher, artist and educator born in the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder and director of Pigments Revealed International, a nonprofit organization building a global pigment community and fostering pigment education and research. Her thirty years of research on traditional Northwest Coast Indigenous pigments and paint technology has supported the revitalization of important material knowledge and has been published in Smithsonian National Museum’s American Indian Magazine, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and elsewhere. 

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