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CAROLINE ROSS

Charcoal, chalk, ochre: teaching materials in a workshop. Photo courtesy of Caroline Ross

Charcoal, chalk, ochre: teaching materials in a workshop. Photo courtesy of Caroline Ross

CAROLINE ROSS

CAROLINE ROSS is an artist and maker living on a boat on an island in the River Thames. Using what nature provides and repurposing what humans discard form a large part of her practice. After the crows have feasted on the riverbank, the empty mussel shells become her paint palettes. The seasonally moulted flight feathers of local swans and geese become her quill pens and brushes. Badgers in the great Ridge Woods dig white chalk out of their setts and leave it in middens, where she forages to make pastels and paints. She also makes paints from foraged earth pigments, and art tools and inks from natural, wild and found materials such as oak galls, rusty nails and cherry tree gum. She teaches workshops on drawing as well as how to make all these wild-crafted things. Her drawings, paintings and illustrations can be found in books, journals such as Dark Mountain, online periodicals and private collections.

www.carolineross.co.uk

Quill pens, brushes and oak gall ink. Photo courtesy of Caroline Ross.

Quill pens, brushes and oak gall ink. Photo courtesy of Caroline Ross.