Full Spectrum is a multidisciplinary research group dedicated to studying color in the global pre- and early modern world with attention to materiality, art practice, and theory. By integrating distinct modes of inquiry—including artist-maker, scientist-conservator, and visual-scholar—we create a collaborative study of networked global color histories. Through hands-on field trips at local studios we expand our relationship to historical material by reconstructing pre- and early modern ways of making and knowing. We consider how colors were harvested, processed, perceived, and circulated.

The research group serves scholars working across time periods and geographies in order to investigate the possibilities and challenges of writing global histories. Full Spectrum also maintains a dye garden in the West Bank Community Garden on the University of Minnesota campus next to Wilson Library.

Pictured in Amanda Degener’s studio (the dry studio for Cave Paper) from left to right: Adam Fix, Emily Beck, Hannah Wiepke, and Jennifer Awes-Freeman.