A Year Long Conversation With

English Ivy

From April 2022- March 2023, I intend to build and nurture a relationship with English Ivy by having a year long conversation with it, and through this learn from the plant itself how to create with it. My practice will be guided by the seasons, where I will begin with building a relationship with the English Ivy, sitting with the plant where it is growing, taking note of what else is around it via written and drawn notes in a dedicated sketchbook and connect with caretakers of the land to decide where to extract Ivy from over the year. Check out my blog for monthly updates for this project.

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Research through Embodiment

I have been creating in land and nature connected ways since 2016. Much of my research for this came from being present with the elements, listening for the stories from nature itself, and noting the nuances of the time of day, the weather, and the season- specifically, with the ocean. I intend to research English Ivy in this same way- in connection with the plant, and where it is growing, noting who and what else it is sharing the space with, and what role of impact I would play in extracting the ivy.

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Aligning with Ivy

The first step involves visiting the plant before I begin extracting it, spending time at the site, and visiting the site multiple times to take note of how the ecosystem transforms depending on the season. It’s important that I have the time required to witness the impact of removing this invasive species from the land it is on, and to truly build a relationship to it and the land I am on for future creations and community engaged projects. Currently, I am in the second stage of this project- creating cordage using the vines of the ivy, and eco-prints using the leaves, while continuing to sit with Ivy often.

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