Episode #18 of the Ground Shots Podcast.
This episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Amy Armantrout of Scavenge Magic. Amy and her project are located outside of Eugene, Oregon.
This episode was recorded late last summer on the land where Amy lives outside of town. We sat in her outdoor kitchen where she ritually dyes used garments from thrift stores and the Goodwill bins primarily with Black Walnut. Amy and I have been friends since 2013, when we lived together while attending herbal medicine school outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Since living on that farm together, we have both lived for periods on the road or in states of semi-nomadism. In this conversation, we talk a little bit about Amy's experience with this way of life- it's pros and cons and complexities. We also talk about her philosophy and process with natural dyeing. We touch on how to grapple with planetary grief and the different ways we can step into the realities of the resource extraction processes we all benefit from. We discuss scavenging in our modern times, and the ways in which Amy navigates scavenge culture as it relates to the intersections of living in a state of colonialism and a culture of capitalism where excessive waste is the norm. We touch on the importance of being aware of cultural sensitivity when scavenging, how we should consider it necessary to defend and give back to places we also scavenge from and more.
Amy is vending her naturally dyed Scavenge Magic wares at the Whiteaker Farmer's Market in Eugene, Oregon this summer! Go check out her booth if you are in the area!
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Theme music: 'Sweat and Splinters' by Mother Marrow
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Additional Music: 'Son of Man' by Mother Marrow
Produced by: Opia Creative