Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest



Unchecked by predators, non-native plants can upset ecological balance and reduce biological diversity. They can also offer a superabundance of useful material.

Harvesting exotic invasive vegetation from parks, alleys and private land helps make room for the return of native plants and their dependent animals.

Alien weeds present a super-abundance of food, medicine, fuel, chemicals, pigments, lumber, paper fibers and cordage; all of which converge here as a visual gesture celebrating their bounty and inherent qualities.


Patterson Clark





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









VIDEO: Ark – Phragmites paper with embedded seeds from brackish marsh plants native to the Chesapeake Bay. Soundtrack musical instruments are made from the wood of White Mulberry.



VIDEO: WeedWaltz in A harmonic minor – Pigments from Asiatic Bittersweet, Amur Honeysuckle, Multiflora Rose and Leatherleaf Mahonia printed onto White Mulberry paper from Norway Maple blocks. Music: Callery Pear flute with White Mulberry bones and weedwood resonator




PRINT: Index160916 – Pigments from Multiflora Rose, Irish Ivy, Amur Honeysuckle, Leatherleaf Mahonia and weed soot letterpress printed onto White Mulberry paper from a Norway Maple block.Image 8" x 8"



VIDEO: Queen Anne's Dance – Root crown of Queen Anne's Lace, on a backdrop of Rose of Sharon paper, with music from a flute made of Callery Pear.


Edicola Pyrus Mahonia


VIDEO: Irish Ivy Batter -Root crown of Irish Ivy taking a few swings. Weed-soot ink letterpress printed onto Garlic Mustard Paper. Colors digitally manipulated. Some of the music originates from instruments made out of exotic invasive plants.


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