Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest



Removing exotic invasive vegetation from parks and private land helps make room for the return of native plants and the animal that depend upon them.

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

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

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









Edicola Pyrus Mahonia


Index160916 –Pigments 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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