Dirt Gems is a collaboration between Anne Louise Burdett and Chelsea Iris Granger, and was started in the summer of 2019.
The Dirt Gems is about plant magick. We have created these cards to serve as tools for you to connect with your plant allies. We hope this deck will help you to connect with the energetics of the ecologies around you and around the world. The cards are divided into four suits to highlight the patterns from which the plants are emerging and what message they may hold for you, individually, and as an interconnected spread. The suits are based on the elements, weather systems, ecologies, energetics and alchemy. Each plant is classified in its corresponding suit based on its habitat, personality, relationship to other non human beings, and/or how they may interface with people. Let these cards be a starting point for your own relationships to form, get to know them the same way you would a new friend.
Around the world there is a forlorn feeling of impending doom and generalized sense of widespread grief . The creators of this deck believe that this grief wells from the loss of connection between humans and nature. Humans have a unique and expansive talent for abstraction, rationale, and ingenuity. This can be magnificent, but it has also led our species to set itself further and further apart from the rest of life on earth. There is so much noise in the human world it has become deafening. One of the most fundamentally important and precious things we can offer, to one another and the world at large, is focused attention. To listen. This project was created to serve as a tool to tune into the quieter voices around us, those that long for us, as we do them. Our planet is in a beautiful web of interconnection, and we as humans have disconnected and dislocated ourselves in many ways. These cards and their plant counterparts invite you to come back to yourself and this sense of connection to the world around you and inside of you. These Dirt Gems invite you to remember that all life is generative and supportive of life. To remember that you are part of everything, made of everything, completely whole, that you are enough.
Anne Louise Burdett is a medicinal herb farmer, sex educator, sexual health and trauma clinician and counselor, and dancer. She writes curriculum, makes music and is wildly in love with the ocean. She has been cultivating her relationship with plants for 20+ years, and believes wholeheartedly in being true to oneself, acting from desire, and in individual wellness being essentially and always tied to collective wellness.
Chelsea Granger is an artist and illustrator. She is a longtime member of the artists collective The Royal Frog Ballet as well as a collaborative project with Thyme Herbal, making medicine posters and zines. Her art/projects are of the everyday, inspired by the overlap of earth/spirit dimensions, and woods as church. She is interested in painting as medicine, painting as a portal, painting as a spell. She sees her art as a way to ‘sing up’ life, and push against death-phobia in hopes that her art can act as a doorway to conversations about death and grief.