Megan Heeres: The Invasive Paper Project

Megan Heeres is an artist and also the person behind The Invasive Paper Project, which is based in Detroit but also travels to other locations.

She offers papermaking workshops with invasive plants harvested from urban areas. The project is an extension of her own artwork with a community focus.

Harvesting Garlic Mustard

Cooking Amur Honeysuckle

Part of the project’s mission is to think creatively on how people can find different uses for invasives, beyond eradication.

Some plant species that The Invasive Paper Project has explored are Amur Honeysuckle, Garlic Mustard, and Phragmites Australis.

These plants have been removed from city parks and green spaces to different communities.  This project creates awareness around invasive plant species and their effect on our ecosystem, but more importantly it provides an opportunity to think about invasive plant life differently. While there is a need to focus on eradication, experimentation can also be undertaken for new uses and products from these noxious weeds. This project is challenging those who participate to come up with some new ideas.

Three different vats and the resulting paper

Read more, and explore Megan’s work, from the resources below.

Resources:
http://www.meganheeres.com/section/55984.html
http://www.meganheeres.com/section/402220-The-Invasive-Paper-Project.html
http://www.paperslurry.com/2017/03/07/papermaking-in-detroit-the-invasive-paper-project-by-megan-heeres/

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2 Responses to Megan Heeres: The Invasive Paper Project

  1. What a wonderful initiative.. love that green

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