Jon Gomez Workshop

Left: A deer's tail is used to brush New World Cochineal insects from Opuntia pads for dye production, Right: male and female New World Cochineal

Left: A deer's tail is used to brush New World Cochineal insects from Opuntia pads for dye production, Right: male and female New World Cochineal

Jon Gomez Workshop

Artist Jon Gomez in Conversation with Botanist Raul Puente-Martinez and Fiber Artist Erika Hanson

Verde River 33.767124°, -111.669863°

(Meet at Desert Botanical Garden, and park in Aisle 1; the westernmost aisle in the main lot)

Sunday, March 26th

8AM

Join artist Jon Gomez in conversation with Curator of Living Collections and Research Botanist Raul Puente-Martinez, and Assistant Professor in fiber art Erika Hanson for an early morning ethnobotany workshop exploring flora of the Sonoran Desert. Participants will move through the landscape while discovering the many purposes of local vegetation as well as their cultural, historical, and contemporary significance to local peoples of the Sonoran Desert region.

Workshop leaders will engage with landscape through the lenses of art and science, with expertise ranging from Opuntia (prickly pear) systematics, natural dye plants, and desert migration patterns. An open exchange of dialog surrounding the rich intersections of plants, migration, and ecology will make this a lively, informative, and invaluable workshop you do not want to miss!

This workshop is part of a larger scale project of Gomez's regarding the effects of migratory patterns have on the sustainability, landscape, and flora of the Sonoran Desert. There are only a few spaces left for this workshop. Don't miss out! RSVP today at info@museumofwalking.org with the subject line, "Jon Gomez Workshop."

The group will meet at Desert Botanical Garden at 8AM, park in Aisle 1, and will carpool to the Verde River location from there.