Monday, November 22, 2010

Renewable weeds as art

I think this is fantastic!  Handmade art from alien weed plants by Patterson Clark. Here is an example of garlic mustard paper printed with assorted weed inks using a Norway maple wood block.  I just love it!

"A few years ago, he became concerned about invasive plants like English ivy, white mulberry and multiflora rose choking out species like American beech and tulip poplars that are native to his area around Rock Creek Park, of which Whitehaven Park is a part, and he got a license from the National Park Service to remove the invasive plants near his home. But ripping out the plants and throwing them away felt destructive and wasteful. [...] He started bringing the plants he liked into his basement studio, and over the last several years, he's been perfecting the process for turning invaders into paper, ink, and, ultimately, art."  Read more here.

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