Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mugwort Harvest

Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris) is a common invasive weed that is found alongside roads and in abandoned lots. It is one of the most prolific weeds found in unmaintained spaces in North Philadelphia.

Mugwort has a number of uses, including Chinese medicine. However, most notably for Book Bombs, its stems can be made into paper. This plant was harvested in order to make the paper for some of the prints that will be part of the Book Bombs series. Through this, imagery and the paper itself will combine to tell a narrative of the cityscape, both its manicured and neglected spaces.

The stems will be stripped of leaves and roots, and all materials that cannot be made into paper will be composted.


  1. awesome! I harvest queen anne's lace (wild carrot) for artful uses...another abandoned lot regular.

  2. Queen Anne's lace makes lovely paper. Hmm, we're thinking kudzu, maybe some QAL as well...