Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest



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

This harvest of alien weeds yields an abundance of material, which 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 plants, with the ideal that they can sustainably fund their own removal.

Patterson Clark





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 (pdf), by Julie Johnson for Hand Papermaking magazine, 2010









Edicola Pyrus Mahonia

Index1407b:Pigments from Rosa multiflora, Lonicera maackii, Mahonia bealei and weed soot on paper from Broussonetia payrifera;
Acer platanus
and Morus alba blocks. 18" x 18"

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