Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest

Instruction

 

PLANT PROSPECTING

  • A one-day field and laboratory class that focuses on identification of local invasive plants, removal methods, precautions, jurisdictional permits and methods of material discovery.

  • Students will learn to recognize and isolate plant fibers that have possibilities for papermaking, cordage and brushmaking. The class will also learn how to assess a plant's potential for yielding pigments.

PAPERMAKING

  • Papermaking ideally requires five afternoons to teach, one day each for harvesting, processing, cooking/washing, beating/sheet formation, and drying.

  • An abbreviated version of the workshop can be taught in three afternoons, but requires advance harvesting and pre-processing by the students.

  • A single-afternoon class introduces students to basic techniques and materials.

INKS

  • Exploration of three methods: soot collection (and use of a muller), cooking (using alkaline solutions, pH-neutralization and reduction) and ethanol extraction.

PEN AND BRUSH MAKING

  • Three hours. Students will harvest, cook and isolate specific fibers for brushes. Pens
    will require bamboo and a sharp knife.

WOODBLOCK and BAS RELIEF CARVING

  • Taught to one student at a time at the alienweeds studio, using a laser engraver, CNC router and letterpress.

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Contact Patterson Clark: pattclark@gmail.com for more information.

 

workshop

PAPERMAKING, DAY 4: Students at Middle Tennesse State University form sheets of paper made from invasive plants they removed from a nearby park.

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