Download and print 2 pages from my forthcoming coloring book :) This preview features lemon balm and motherwort , 2 wonderfully supportive plant allies and so-called weeds. The below link will take you to a zip file that opens as a PDF. Enjoy!
More on the project from my newsletter: Its name keeps changing, but I'm making a coloring book for the youth of all ages (that means you too!), featuring some of my favorite so-called weeds and wildflowers of occupied chicago. I love weeds and all they can teach us about beauty, resilience and accountability to our bioregional relationships. I love the looks on folks' faces when they see a familiar plant in a new place. For many, myself included, who have complex relationship to home, land and human kindred, this experience of relating to plants can bring in an important sense of belonging and connection to the earth. As someone born into U.S. settler colonialism from migrant peoples, who come from lands steeped in tourism and extraction of labor and goods, I've spent a lot of time thinking about ways travel and "the wild" are romanticized, when there is such depth and abundance of ancestral knowledge that grows unnoticed and unreciprocated right in front of us. I'm still learning too. One hope is that this book can be a guide for folks yearning to see and listen to the plants around and cultivate conscious relationships, beyond consumption and extraction, with their bodies and other bodies of the land. I'm visioning early Spring for this - in time with the plants coming to light.