Explore three methods for extracting pigments and dyes from exotic invasive vegetation and transforming those into printing inks. The class will produce Woody Weed Soot Black, Multiflora Rose Red, and Ivy Leaf Green.
No experience necessary—all are welcome to sign-up!
Note: Each participant is asked to bring safety goggles and a pair of gardening gloves.
Inks from Alien Weeds; Jun 27; 10am–4pm
Registration includes a fee of $20 to cover provided consumable materials.
- Date & Time: 2-session workshop, Tuesdays, June 9 and June 16, 6:30–9:30pm
- Instructor: Patterson Clark
Patterson Clark harvests D.C.’s invasive vegetation, from which he extracts paper fibers, plant pigments and printing blocks. Those converge at a letterpress to yield prints about the alien weeds. Patterson also produces data visualizations about energy and environmental policy for POLITICO. For several years, he wrote and illustrated the the Washington Post natural history column “Urban Jungle.”