"Fire Seed" is a three color screenprint by Nina Montenegro.
Text reads "Sometimes Only Fire Can Germinate a Seed"
Image is of the illustrious Baker's Globe Hollyhock
While the literal and metaphorical fires raged in September 2020, and I watched from afar as many places dear to me in Oregon went up in flames, I practiced meditating on the spectacularly adapted plants that need fire to germinate. I had known that redwood and lodgepole pine cones have a thick coating of resin that needs the extreme heat of a fire to melt and "unlock" the seeds, allowing the next generation of trees to surge forth. But as I dug deeper into researching Pyrophile plants I came across the stunning Baker's Wild Hollyhock, a lavender purple goddess that blankets the ground after a wildfire. The seeds can lay dormant for over 100 years as they wait for conditions to be just right in order to germinate. What a beautiful analogy for IDEAS laying dormant, waiting for the conditions (conditions which may appear disastrous) to be just right for their sprouting, blossoming, flourishing.
*Photo courtesy of The Far Woods
9.5" x 12.5"
Enclosed in a compostable sleeve
About The Far Woods:
Sisters Sonya and Nina Montenegro are the designers and makers of The Far Woods. The things they make reflect their deepest desires about the world. They seek to contribute to a great Culture Shift in which there is a land ethic, a reverence for nature, a rejection of the dominant throw-away mentality, and direct connection to where our food and the things we use come from. Many of their artworks serve as educational tools and inspiration for deepening relationship to nature, food, and community.