TURNING INVASIVE PLANTS INTO BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS
interior designer. artist. dreamer.
Coming from a multidisciplinary background of art, science, and a whole lot of sass, Mariya is an artist at heart. During her time at Maryville University, she was awarded a research grant to explore the physical properties of invasive honeysuckle in Saint Louis, Missouri. A few months after that, she curated an art exhibit with the help of students from various departments, raising over $1,200 in one night. Faculty, staff, and students took interest in the program and produced a variety of pieces for the show using honeysuckle. Profits went towards raising awareness about invasive species, and Mariya walked away knowing what her passion was!
Today, she collaborates with various environmental groups in the Central Texas area, trying to spread the word and exploring invasive bamboo, honeysuckle, ligustrum, wisteria, and much more.
Photo (left) was taken at Mariya's recent interview with Fox News!
We learned that not all plants in our backyards do good to our environments. For example, non- native (invasive) plants have tendencies to be stronger than native plants. They grow faster, stealing valuable resources such as sunlight and nutrients. As native plants start to die and become extinct, so do all the organisms that depend on them.
To shine light on this issue, we collaborate with knowledgeable volunteers and remove harmful invasive plants from city grounds. From the the extracted biomass, we invite you to make beautiful products through our workshops and craft boxes. Help us raise awareness about the issue by sharing your creations with family and friends. Every conversation counts! #raiseawareness #makeitwearitshareit