a glimpse into how i treat and store earth pigments... kind of a precisely organized chaotic dream!!! some key elements:
1-stones and soil are kin and teachers. treat them with respect. build a relationship. bow down, put yr nose in the dirt.
2-dont grind them up just because. ask.
3-ground up or not, glass, wood , stone , shell , bone, paper or cardboard are ideal containers for keeping earth pigments. but you dont need fancy shit. get recycled, antiques, salvage!
4-that said, for the ochre archive, our 300+ samples are kept in small plastic containers because, well, dollars and sense. the first pic is an example of one of my pnw pigment storage trays.
5-always try to keep part of your pigment as the original raw earth, near to the refined pigment. and try to keep your earth in different stages of process (raw, rough, ground, refined, etc)!! for me, its a memory device. perhaps for the minerals too.
6-keep some small natural, biological or other stuff found in the place where the stones are from if possible. bones? feathers? plants or organic life? a shoelace? ? again, you are taking these stones away from the place theyve been for sometimes millions of fucking years. the least we can do is bring a friend with them to live with.
7-let them live in the open air or take them out for walks if they must have lids on.
there is so much more i cld say, but... feel free to chime in & ask questions!
i am thinking especially of my fellow pigment gatherers -- any notes on best practices for storing and treating pigments?
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