Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest



Removing exotic invasive vegetation from parks and private lands helps restore communities of native plants and animals.

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

The practice harnesses the inherent wealth of unwanted vegetation, with the aim of getting troublesome plants to fund their own removal.

Patterson Clark





Into the Weeds

North Dakota Museum of Art

Aug. 13 - Oct. 18, 2017

Grand Forks, North Dakota

A show with Francisco Alvarado, Matt Collishaw, Joan Linder, Vivienne Morgan, Judy Onofrio, Eggert Pétursson and Margaret Wall-Romana.


Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Speaker, Wayzgoose Conference

Nov. 3-5, 2017

Two Rivers, Wisconsin


Innovations in Invasive Species Management


Dec. 13-15, 2017

Nashville, TN






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

Bole –Pigments from Multiflora Rose, Amur Honeysuckle, Leatherleaf Mahonia, Aisatic Bittersweet and weed soot on Chinese Wisteria paper.18" x 18"; Summer, 2017

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