Nature is a powerful and shareable experience you can find anywhere. City trees, parking lot shrubbery, and even the plants we eat are readily available for thoughtful interactions. My work uncovers stories of what is growing around us and why, and encourages us to consider how plants connect us to the places we live and to each other.
Sarah Nassif holds a B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington. She has spent time as a field botanist in Oregon’s ancient forests, traversed bogs in Ireland, and stared into a microscope to uncover secrets of Acetabularia algae in Seattle. Midwest flora has captured her heart since moving ot Minnesota in 2000. Her fiber art practice includes textile design and screenprinting, SAORI weaving, and all kinds of sewing and teaching.
Observing nature connects us with the landscape in new ways each time. I create interventions that ask people to notice, document and share their experiences with nature. These may be collaborative screenprinting workshops that produce patterns from participants’ tree observations, a self-guided nature foray experience driven by a free field book and pencil, or textiles that put consumers into the role of naturalist collector.
My work uncovers stories of what is growing around us and why, and encourages us to ask one another what meaning that brings to daily life.