Cara Marie Piazza

  • Words Rosalind Jana
  • Photography Emma Trim

The New Yorker wringing color from the city's waste and weeds.

  • Words Rosalind Jana
  • Photography Emma Trim

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 years ago, she’s been enchanted by the alchemic possibilities of plants, botanicals, clays and nontoxic metals. Piazza first discovered the medium when she was studying at London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design. There she took a workshop on dyeing with onion skins. “That’s where the seed was planted, forgive the pun,” she recalls. 

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