Elissa Callen

Oakland, CA

  • Artisan |
  • Natural Dyeing |
  • Teaching/ Workshops |
  • Pigments/ Inks/ Paints |
  • Illustration/ Painting |
  • Natural Dyeing |
  • Pigment Making |

Email: callenelissa@gmail.com
Website: www.elissacallen.com
Instagram: @slateandtrust

Elissa Callen is an artist working with local plants and fungi to make natural pigments, inks, and dyes that she uses as the staple materials in her painting practice. She holds a degree in fine art, has a professional background in horticulture, and nearly ten years of experience using natural, locally gathered materials sustainably for color. She has taught ecological pigment and ink making through institutions including Theodore Payne Foundation, Point Reyes National Seashore, Save the Bay, numerous mycological societies, and more.

She is passionate about California ecology and believes in using her work with natural materials as a means of increasing community interest in environmentalism, preservation, and connectedness to the native landscape.