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field study II

Felix and I were working on some new sketches in the yard the other day when we started making marks with the greenery.

Some collaborative drawings:


Fieldstudy I

Felix and I have been doing some sketching in the backyard. I have been itching to get some drawings going and have an increasing interest in the native plants (or should I say weeds?) that are growing in the yard. Felix has an interest in sharp pointy objects. But really, I think he was pretty amused to see the marks he made on the paper. It is fun sharing little sketch sessions with him.

Felix’ field study:

My field study:

See the lovely shadows on the page from my shady yard? I think they’re the catalyst for a new project.


Unwilling to put chemicals on our lawn and not really liking the grass monoculture that so many people have for lawns, ours is full of “weeds.” We’re o.k. with this, while I am sure it drives our neighbors crazy. Utopiography makes some great points about what she’s coined “Aesthetic Selection“. Personally, I think of grass asĀ  the human forced invasive specie.

I find it interesting that so many of the plants that our culture classifies as weeds are actually useful. Red Clover and Dandelion leaves are a tasty and nutritional addition to salads and the flower petals can be eaten, too. Plantain can be used to ease the pain/ itch of bee stings and mosquito bites. All of this is fairly recent news to me and I wonder why these “weeds” have such a bad rap while pristine grass is so desirable.

I did a search to see what artists were making about “weeds”.

“Lightweeds is a project by Simon Heijdens and exhibited at the MoMA – part of the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition.” (nextnature)

“Dutch designer Arwin Caljouw, with his project called Interior weeds, thinks over nature and the way that weeds emerge and grow in the streets. Interior weeds shows the power of plants in our environment:” (Design Lab)