Common Knowledge believes that the disconnection of shared knowledge about what thrives right under our noses is at the root of all cultural and environmental degradation. We specifically focus on the urban landscapes of the Northeastern United States promoting the language of wild edible and medicinal plants through a visual vocabulary of illustrations accessed through interactive and participatory learning tools designed for both children and adults. Whether these species of plants were or still are used as medicine, food, dye, cordage or building material CK is a platform for sharing cross-cultural information about how we have lived symbiotically with these green allies throughout the centuries. This venture is about bringing an increased awareness of our natural environment through guided plant tours and workshops and through our card games, and activity-based coloring books. Our aim is to nurture the idea that plant knowledge should once again exist as common knowledge. All of our printed imagery contain common healing plants that are found in the environment in which the workshop or installation is held or wherever a Common Knowledge product is sold.
This project is an idea rooted in “green” philosophies, alternative pedagogies, nutritional activism and the principles of a gift economy. With our ever-increasing interest in alternative and natural healing Common Knowledge intends to propagate multi-cultural conversations around our ages-old relationship with the plant world, which provides us with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sustenance. Common Knowledge will operate regionally and has started its journey by showcasing plants found in every city of the Northeastern US. These species are strong, resilient and actively work to restore nutrients to damaged city soil. They also are not only superior in nutrition but are an example of strength, resiliency, endurance and perseverance against the conflicting odds of an urban landscape. Perhaps they can help guide us to do the same.
“The more something is shared, the greater the value becomes.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer. This project is my gift as an artist to increase the awareness of the enormous gifts of the plant world.