Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest



Removing exotic invasive vegetation from parks and private lands helps restore native plant and animal communities.

Harvesting alien weeds yields an abundance of material, which is processed into fuel, chemicals, pigments, lumber, paper fibers and cordage — all of which are reformed into a visual gesture that refers to its material source.

The practice harnesses the inherent wealth of unwanted plants, with the aim of troublesome vegetation sustainably funding its own removal.

Patterson Clark




Sept. 12–Oct. 14 

Fiber/Re: Active
Patterson Clark, Catherine Day, Kate Kretz 

An exhibit highlighting and focusing on employing fiber to delineate deep involvement in a wide range of subject matter. Using inventive materials and highly skilled methods, the artworks in this exhibit address environmental and social activism, encounters in daily life, and also the fragile aspect of human experience.

Montgomery College, 930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD 20912





Is that plant reaching for my throat? Or figment(s) of imagination, by Brandel France de Bravo, The Chattahoochee Review,
Volume 35.2-3


Bounty, by Aimee Lee, It's my party, October, 2015


Invasive Ink and Canvas, Nature Conservancy Magazine (print), June-July, 2015


Environmental artist, activism protect nature, by Mary Sebold, Bamboo Pen, 2015


The Alien Aesthetic, Conservation Magazine, University of Washington, Winter 2014


Turning invasive exotic plants into art, by Allison Gillespie, Where You Are Planted, 2013


Spotlight: Patterson Clark, by Carrie Madren, Washingtonian, 2011


The Art of War on Invasive Species, by Linton Weeks, NPR. Photos by John Poole, 2011


Alien Harvest, by Drew Himmelstein for American Craft magazine, 2010


Using Invasive Plant Fibers Responsibly, by Julie Johnson for Hand Papermaking magazine, 2010









Edicola Pyrus Mahonia

Index160916Pigments from Multiflora Rose, Irish Ivy, Amur Honeysuckle, Leatherleaf Mahonia and weed soot printed onto White Mulberry paper from a Norway Maple block.Image 8" x 8"

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