Inspired by the teachings of Robin Wall Kimmerer shared in her seminal work, _Braiding Sweetgrass_. In her section on Plantain (P. lanceolata and P. oblongata are European imports to North America referred to by first peoples as White Man's Footstep), she encourages those of us who live here because of colonization to follow this plant's model: to be humble, to be useful, and to mind our impact on our environment.
But Mary Sisiip Geniusz, author of _Plants Have So Much To Give Us: All We Have to do is Ask_ reminds her readers that while first people's were quick to welcome European Plantain as a useful herb (despite all it came to symbolize), they knew this because they'd already been working with Plantago rugelii, a local variety that has long been held in high esteem by first peoples.
I made this print to remind us that we all have more in common than we may think, and as a reminder to be mindful of what we leave behind. There may be no pride in how we got to where we are, but that only makes our work in this moment more sacred and critical.
Prints are made from a 8"x12" hand-carved block; as such, each print is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Paper prints are on acid-free 9"x12" vellum-surface 100lb. Bristol, using black, water-soluble block printing ink.
Fabric prints are on white cotton weave (of fabric of choice) in oil-based black block-printing fabric ink.
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