Ochre Sanctuary | photo by Kyle Johnson (NYT)
Ochre Sanctuary | photo by Kyle Johnson (NYT)

Discover the power of that fossil of light embedded in black earth.
– Gaston Bachelard

Early Futures is the artistic research site of Heidi Gustafson (and collaborators).
Current projects focus on ochre, iron oxides, earth pigments and subtle Earth activism. Heidi’s Pacific Northwest cabin/studio houses the Ochre Sanctuary, a counsel of ochres and pigments from contributors worldwide.

ABOUT HEIDI GUSTAFSON

Heidi Gustafson is an artist and ochre specialist based in the rainy, volcanic Cascade foothills of rural northern Washington. Her intuitive research and Ochre Sanctuary project has been featured in The New York Times, American Craft, Colossal, China Life Magazine and several other publications and books including True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dye and Pigment. 

Her highly collaborative practice bridges knowledge and conversations between nonhuman lifeforms, naturalists, Indigenous artists, scientists, citizen foragers, artisans, painters, soothsayers and land worldwide. Graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Follow her work on Instagram via @heidilynnheidilynn.

Read intro essay ~ Dust to Dust: A Geology of Color

Watch  Recorded Talks or attend Workshops

Select Press, Books + Articles

The Ochre Whisperer | American Craft
The Woman Archiving the World’s Ochres | T: New York Times Style Magazine
A Multicolored Library of the World’s Ochres by Heidi Gustafson | Colossal
Interview | Colossal
Rare Earth | The Lissome No. 3 (Netherlands)
Interview: Pigment Forager Creating … | My Modern Met
Extraction Catalogue (Berkeley, USA)
with Kassia St. Clair in See All This Magazine, Issue #24 (Netherlands).
The Alipore Post, Goodbye 2020 Interview (India)
True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dye and Pigment by Keith Recker
The Soil Keepers
Creapills (FR)
Art Das Kunstmagazin (GER)
China Life Magazine (CHINA)
In Bed with Mona Lisa(AUS)
Wayward Journal
Sowing Seeds (AUS)
Making
No Serial Number (UK)
The Side View
Science Trends
Make Ink
ChildArt
Okan Arts
Floromancy

PODCASTS & RADIO
Weave Podcoast
May the Rocks Be Our Masters (Interview) | Knitted Heart Podcast Ep. 10
Seattle Kiro AM Radio
Spontaneous Vegetation | Chicago Public Radio

SOME PAST PROJECTS

CONJURING DEITIES, 2017
talk on Ugaritic and Tibetan translation with Dr. Steven Goodman at Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable at OPUS, Pacifica Graduate University.
Watch the full talk.
Read Carriondove, Heidi’s translation of Ugaritic ritual text.

ALMANAC OF DIVINATION, 2015
a illustrated series of 260 historical and modern divination methods
Read online version.

AUGURY JUNCTION, 2015
book of omen photographs
email Heidi to request digital pdf or limited edition printed book

ANNE’S WHITE GLOVE, 2014
Alice Notley’s play performed for Alice Notley in Oakland, CA. directed by Alana Siegel starring Kevin Killian, David Brazil, Jane Gregory, Elaine Kahn, Crystal Sasaki, Alex Cruse, Steve Dickison and others.
Read the program (pdf)
Read the dream book written by the actors (pdf)

AULOS GIRL PAPERS, 2014
a lyrical essay on aesthetic philosophy and Plato
Read it via monoskop.org (pdf)

MIXTUM, 2012
a symbolic game to encourage creative synthesis, with Yutaka Houlette.

SOMETIMES DINING, 2008-2010
an underground dining experience in Baltimore, with Benjamin Turner, Matthew Papich, Phil Kerrigan, Devon Deimler, Joyce Kim, Matthew Porterfield, Ashley N. Compton, Lauren Friedman, Sofia Rodriguez and others.
Watch a video collage by Andrew Shenker.

CHILDREN’S THINK TANK, 2010
an experimental research group with children age 4-10 at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Read our catalogue.
Watch a short video clip on astral project by a child.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT BEING HERE, 2009
a book of poetry written by preschool children.
Read it here (pdf)