ornaments of a minnesota growing season

This March marks the anniversary of a year-long pursuit of creating art with natural colors made from plant materials in collaboration with local gardeners.  It's been an honor to be a recipient of a 2015 Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant. As I look through my journal, notes and collections of photographs, I see how my knowledge of plants, color and natural dyes has grown. I've also learned a little more about myself and my practice as an artist.  
The year flew by so quickly!  I found that from September on, I was running around the Twin Cities gathering material from many generous growers.  I boiled dye material like mad and as time was of the essence- I filled my freezer with frozen dye to use during winter.  
Here's an ongoing recap of my year and the results of Ornaments of a Minnesota Growing Season:

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Emily Donovan