Video From FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Natalie Stopka + Tilke Elkins

Last week we had a FEEDBACK FRIDAY alumni discussion with Natalie Stopka and Tilke Elkins! The two returned to FEEDBACK FRIDAY to have a conversation on ruderal plant color, orphaned materials and forging relationships through materiality at the margins. The two discussed unwanted, discarded, or simply forgotten things and following intuition as a practice of emergent design. 

If you’ve never been to a FEEDBACK FRIDAY featuring two former presenters in discussion you’re in for a treat.

Watch the recording below.

Check out these three previous matchups:

Preserving history with Narayan Khandekar + Porfirio Gutíerrez

Mapping Color With Sasha Duerr + Maibe Maroccolo

“Waste” With Brece Honeycutt + Anita Cazzola

Natalie Stopka is a New York based artist and educator focused on the material history of color. She captures material and elemental interactions in her collaborative, experimental art practice. Raised on the south coast of Massachusetts, she earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Follow Natalie on Instagram.

Tilke Elkins of Wild Pigment Project is an artist, writer, and curator based focused on site-specific/responsive painting and social practice art. Tilke has worked with mineral and botanical pigments since 2007, and is the founding director of Wild Pigment Project, a collaborative initiative she established in 2019 to promote ecological balance and regenerative economies through a passion for wild pigments, their places of origin, and their cultural histories. In 2022, her work was exhibited at form & concept gallery in O’Ga P’Ogeh Owingeh (colonially known as Santa Fe, NM) along with a Wild Pigment Project group exhibition she curated. A version of the group show will be on view from now until September 16th at the NMSU Art Museum. She is also part of a group show, Feeding the Unseen: Remediations of Earth, curated by Heidi Gustafson and Devon Deimler at the Philosophical Research Institute in L.A. which runs through July 30th. Ground Bright is featured in the summer issue of American Craft Magazine. Follow Tilke on Instagram.


If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder  Kathy Hattori.

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