Cara Marie Piazza’s studio in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a plant-lover’s paradise. When we speak over Zoom, she is framed by piles of foliage on the table behind her and dried sprigs of barberry hanging on the wall. When she gesticulates, the ends of her fingers form fans of inky blue. Piazza is a natural dyer and artist, which means she takes her pigments from the world around her. From the time that she first dyed a silk slip 12 This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Garden Issue 45 Piet Oudolf The Dutch designer bringing life—and death—to traditional gardens. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Thomas MacDonell The conservationist transforming the Highlands. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Ayana Omilade Flewellen A scholar at one with the elements. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Gabe Verduzco A microscopic tour of California’s beetles and botanicals. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Ella Al-Shamahi The scientist digging for history in the world’s most hostile landscapes. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Close Knit Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive.