Sun printing on fabric lets you use the plants in your garden to create beautiful patterns, and the resulting fabric can be made into clothing or a framed work of art. We teach you how to make a cyanotype with step-by-step instructions.
Tagua (pronounced tog-wah) nuts, or "ivory of the rainforest," are a vegetable-based and sustainable alternative to elephant ivory. The seeds are hard and smooth, and easily carved and dyed. They were once used for military buttons, Victorian chess pieces, and dice. Today, tagua "vegetable ivory" is a popular material for jewelry and baubles.
When Gene Bauer was the native flora chairman of California Garden Clubs in the 1970s, she made small booklets of silk-screened botanic illustrations and sent them to members. Made in limited editions of 50, her booklets are rare and collectible, though the artwork has been collected in a book, Botanical Serigraphs: The Gene Bauer Collection.
Saul Becker and Stephen Vitiello have a new installation, Field Recordings—a mix of layered soundscapes and visual art, many made with botanicals electroplated with copper—at the Horticultural Society of New York thorugh July 6, 2012.
In artist Miranda Lichtenstein's new series of photographs, Screen Shadows, she photographs silhouettes of still lifes on patterned washi paper screens so the viewer only sees a representation of nature once removed.