Exotic invasive White Mulberry trees are commonly seen growing along Washington area alleys and fence rows. Over the course of two days, the class will harvest and process the inner bark of the weedy tree into durable sheets of paper.
Level: Intermediate—Previous experience with papermaking is helpful but not required. Supplies: Each participant is asked to bring garden gloves and pruners.
Invasive Species Papermaking: White Mulberry; May 30–31; 10am–5pm
Registration includes a fee of $35 to cover consumable materials.
- Date & Time: 2-day workshop, Saturday and Sunday, May 30–31, 10am–5pm
- 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.”