Black Walnut


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This piece was dyed using black walnut. Black walnut is a tree that has stood in my yard for far longer than I’ve been alive, and reminds me that nature is infinite, yet intimate. The topographic lines on the larger hoop are plotted from the coordinates of the walnut tree in my front yard. The lines of the smaller hoop are the coordinates to the location I collected the walnuts from to create the dye.

38º 27’ 25” N, -122º 53’ 10” W; 38º 26’ 13” N, -122º 51’ 43” W

The process of creating these pieces involved the collection of plants to create natural dyes. The linen tapestries were then dipped repeatedly into dye baths to produce the various tonal landscape effects. The coordinates to the plant collection sites, and settings which held meaning in relation to the plant, were then plotted topographically. The topographic lines were then embroidered onto the fabric and encased in embroidery hoops, highlighting the significance of the locations.


24" X 40"


Handmade Dye from Collected Black Walnut, Linen, Embroidery Hoop, Embroidery Thread, Copper Pipe


Matthew Garcia, MFA