The Story of Cochineal in the Canary Islands for Knit Wit Magazine

Just over 60 miles off the western coast of Morocco lie the Canary Islands: seven Spanish islands that are historically considered the bridge between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Within this deep history lies the story of cochineal, a small insect that grows on prickly pear cactus and produces a spectrum of red, from soft lilacs to deep crimson. To understand the Canaries, to understand the color red, you have to understand cochineal. 
So, that’s what we set out to do. Two photographers, we met in Montana a decade ago, and later made a pact to take a workshop together every year. This year, we decided to go on an adventure instead, to follow the story of cochineal on the Canary Islands—first, on the lush and tropical Gran Canaria and then on black, volcanic Lanzarote." -excerpt from fellow photographer and decade-long friend, Greta Rybus' and my article in the latest issue of Knit Wit Magazine.
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Cochineal dying in Gran Canaria in The Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Chana Perrera of the association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands harvests cochineal in her field of prickly pear cacti by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A detail of cochineal being transferred between cacti with the use of a mesh bag in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A detail of cochineal in a tray with a harvesting spoon in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Lorenzo Perez, Jr., harvests cochineal at his farm Canaturex in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Details of yarn dyed with cochineal in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Hands holding two cups of natural dye liquid with cochineal...various shades by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Uli Güse is a natural dyer in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Detail of dried cochineal ready to be used for natural dyes by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Chana Perrera at Association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands poses with freshly harvested cochineal by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Lorenzo Perez Sr, and Jr., harvest cochineal in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Chana Perrera at Association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands poses with a scarf dyed with cochineal by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A scarf dyed with cochineal blows in the wind by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
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Homebody for 5280 Home

Homebody shot for 5280 Home Magazine, April 2018.
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf for 5280 Home

Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle
Homebody Shop in Denver, Colorado shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder, Colorado Editorial and Commercial Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer
Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle
Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer
Dory Pratt of Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle
Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer
Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer
Homebody shop in Denver, Colorado, shot for 5280 Home April/May 2018 by Rebecca Stumpf Denver Boulder Editorial and Commercial Photographer Food Travel Lifestyle Photographer

Natural Dyer Edie Ure for Luxe Magazine

Natural dyer Edie Ure shot on assignment for Luxe Magazine, December 2017
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf for Luxe Magazine.

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Teaching Photography with National Geographic Student Expeditions - Ireland

Every summer I teach high school students photography with National Geographic Student Expeditions. This summer I taught in Ireland with 28 students, two fellow teachers, and a National Geographic expert by the name of Melissa Farlow.
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf

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