Blackberry vines stripped to “vegetable leather”


Before splitting, thorns were scraped off with a knife, or by rubbing on a fence post.

Note: the blackberry is best harvested earlier in the season- I found it too woody by mid August.

Crack the inner pith every few inches, then begin peeling the outer skin off to create a nice long strong “vegetable leather strip”

I used the strips  as ties to bind an ephemeral  sculpture when I did not want “human made” materials going on site.

Strips can be made and used fresh, but if time or season is an issue, rolls can be pre-made, and soaked in water overnight before use.

note: this will change colour from green to brown.




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