Paint runs in my blood. This is a paint colour chart from Docker Bros, a paint manufacturing company in Birmingham, England, where my maternal Grandfather worked as a paint consultant & chemist.
Today I’m thinking a lot about legacy: how we continue the good work that others started before us, how we honour those who no longer walk with us through the ways we choose to show up in the world, and (most importantly), how we become legacy breakers and heal past wounds, finding better ways of being in relationship with each other and the Earth.
I work in a teeny corner of the art world making my own eco-friendly paints/dyes/inks. Mine is a zero solvent studio. No acrylics either as I work to uncouple my practice from petrochemicals. I do it partly to prove that art can be made without harming the Earth, but I recognise it’s not easy. It’s my way of continuing a long family legacy of makers, artists, creators, but offering up a different framework for materials and working practices. One that respects the maker’s health, the health of the planet, and promotes feminist principles.
From my study notes for Feminist Business School🌈