The Earth’s Natural Palette

Animal + Vegetable +Mineral = humble tools used in iconography. Among them, ochres, or raw earth, are the most beautiful, and simplest of pigments.

Photo of Heidi Gustafson from her website, www.earlyfutures.com.

Early Futures – This amazing archive is an attempt to collect and catalog every ochre in the world, an idea that came to Heidi Gustafson as a calling, which is one of the reasons this is such a lovely story, as Iconography also comes to many of us as a calling.

Some of the world’s ochres Heidi Gustafson is cataloging.

Over 550 Samples

Heidi’s ever-growing archive has become a collaborative project with contributions from archaeologists, scientists, and creatives from around the world and includes over 550 samples of ochres. To see the collection of fabulous colors on her website, click here: Early Futures.

To read the article on Heidi’s work posted in The Colossal, click below:

Ochre Samples