‘Caroline Ross sources art materials from a world that ended a thousand years ago’ – Dark Mountain 11.
Welcome to my website, especially if you have just found my work in room 4 of the current online exhibition Wilderness of the Mind or the recent edition of Earth Island Journal. All my upcoming workshops and residencies are postponed until after Covid-19 restrictions lift. You’ll find some of my art and illustration, foraged and natural ancient materials, and details of future and past workshops future where I teach how to make materials and paints, earth-skills and drawing on the workshops button. Do get in touch via the contact page or find me on Instagram @foundandground.
News: June 2020: I have three new works exhibiting online with the Wilderness Art Collective as our summer group show has had to move online due to Covid. A residency making inks from seaweed in Mull, Scotland, and many courses and classes I was leading have been postponed. But I will shortly be filming many of my classes, and along with online seminars, will be offering distance learning in the not too distant future. Keep an eye on my Instagram for the latest news on that. I also have three specially commissioned pieces in the next Dark Mountain fiction book. Rather than being illustrations, the writer has taken my works as the starting point, and will write outwards from there. This is an approach I have taught at Wild Twins Course over the years. It makes a nice change for the image to be first, before the words.
May 2020: A new photographic piece featuring an ongoing collaboration with Mark Raudva is featured in the new Dark Mountain Issue 17. Showing a visibly mended jacket which I have been repairing and renewing for over 15 years.
March 2020: Wild Ink workshops in Western Sweden in March 2020 were a great success, and I plan to be teaching natural materials there again in the autumn. The first of a series of workshops at my new studio has begun. Last November 8 folks booked for oak gall ink making, plus quills and brushes. Followed by painting on buckskin in January, making natural watercolours from scratch in February, and grinding pigments from scratch to make paint. All the details are on the workshops page, you will be most welcome to attend in future, and all necessary hygiene and social distancing rules will be followed.
2019: My work features in The Clearing, an online magazine from Little Toller. My latest article for Dark Mountain is here. My work features in the Autumn 2019 issue of Earth Island Journal, and I am now part of Wild Pigments Project online. Watch this space.
From October 2018 I taught regular life drawing sessions at Canela Café in Hampton Court, each last Tuesday evening of the month.
I created the painting for cover for Dark Mountain 13 which was published in May 2018. Have a look here for a short essay and great pictures of the great rocks on which I worked. New commissioned work appears in Dark Mountain 16, the tenth anniversary issue, this October.
I co-taught Wild Twins again in May 2019 with Paul Kingsnorth, a week for rewilding your art and / or your writing on Sherkin island on the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland. Our May 2018 course was a grand event with much sunshine as well as a stormy night, wonderful walks, ancient ochres and songs around the fire. We made making everything we need from scratch – inks, books, paints, pens, and responding to each other, to nature and to ancient stories. We may run this unique course again in 2021. Click the link to find out more about dates, prices, and the venue Sherkin North Shore.
2018: 10 of my small works made in natural pigments on deerskin parchment illustrate Dark Mountain 12 – Sanctum. For the cover of issue 13, I used ochres hand-dug and refined into raw pigments from Clearwell Caves, as well as Italian red ochre, Oxfordshire’s hangman’s ochre, and English charcoal.
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