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 is processed into fuel, chemicals, pigments, lumber, paper fibers and cordage — all of which can be reformed into visual gesturse that refer to their material source.

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

Patterson Clark





Into the Weeds

North Dakota Museum of Art

Aug. 13 - January 2018

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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





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








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Ivy Batter – Weed soot ink on Garlic Mustard paper
printed from a Norway Maple block.

A root crown from arborizing ivy — taking swings.

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