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January 20, 2016

Yucca  plants are indigenous to the area in which I live, the variation Yucca constricta is the most common with in the Central Texan Plains. Yucca fibers have historically been utilized to make ropes and cordage. The long, fibrous leaves were beaten with stones to exp...

November 21, 2015

This process is similar to making iron gall ink, but in this method, the tannins from acorns supply the pigment, as opposed to a traditional oak gall. Oak gall ink has a storied historical presence and was the most utilized ink for approximately 1,400 year. The acidity...

November 10, 2015

I created my own hid glue from rawhide chews that my dog Zoë rejected. Rather than let them go to waste, I decided to try my hand at this ancient form of glue making!

I submerged pieces of dry rawhide in rainwater within a small crockpot and I proceeded to render the ra...

October 13, 2015

After witnessing the staining abilities of the famous Texas Red Dirt in every white pair of sneakers I've ever owned, I decided to try my hand at creating some pretty non-traditional mud cloth. My process was purely experimental and executed with very little research b...

October 11, 2015

Callahan County in Texas is famous for it's Pecans. Growing up, I spent many hours harvesting, cracking and eating these bountiful nuts that grow so abundantly in the area. Pecan trees have always held a special place in my heart and the warm brown colors extracted fro...

October 11, 2015

After my father pruned his fig trees and I saw a wonderful opportunity to utilize the leaves as a pigment source so I decided to bundle dye some unbleached calico cotton fabric. I wrapped the bundle in a length of vintage cotton twine from the Texas Panhandle....

October 5, 2015

The beautifully rich pigments of the fruit of the Texas Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii) glow a succulent pink, not dissimilar to the fleeting streaks of brilliant magenta that cross the skies during the brilliant sunsets in my home state of Texas. Also known as "Nop...

September 16, 2015

The Mesquite 'tree' is ubiquitous with modern Texas prairies, Spring hasn't sprung in these parts till the old Mesquites are blooming and the Scissor Tail Flycatchers are in the air. The aromatic nature of Mesquite charcoal makes it a prized addition to many barbecue p...

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