Botanic Romantic is an online foraging guide and interdisciplinary art project which celebrates the wonder of seemingly mundane or weedy yet edible plants. It began as a creative placemaking project as part of the Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride program — a community development initiative and artist residency hosted on the grounds of the former Kirkbride State Hospital in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
In addition to the website, the project has included a limited run of 500 letterpress coasters, a pop-up bar serving free foraged beverages, and an “art of weeds” class where storytelling and design thinking exercises were juxtaposed with horticultural education and lore.
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The five designs below were created for a limited run of 500 letterpress coasters, which were printed in West Saint Paul at Old Printing.