At Colors of the Earth, Tricia Gourley makes wearable and decorative art and textiles through a process called botanical printing.
Gourley’s creations capture the images of leaves – harvested mostly around Durango – through a method of contact printing on fiber using all-plant dyes.
“What I love about it (the process), like all of the colors that I’m using, they all come from plants or flowers, leaves, insects,” she said. “The joy is in these colors that are gifts of the earth.”
At the Durango Farmers Market, Gourley sells scarves, cloth napkins, eye pillows, large tapestries and wall hangings.
Gourley has been doing botanical printing for three years and just taught her first workshop this summer. A lot of people have asked to take classes on botanical printing, she said.
Her last class was taught at the Ah Haa School for the Arts in Telluride, but the next one may be closer to home. Gourley has a studio on Main Avenue above Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen in the Century Building. and she may teach a class there.
“I’m interested in what we can make by hand and traditional methods of textile making,” she said.