Out of the Dirt
New York City, 2018 - Present
Wheat grass roots are trained to create a binding fabric for eco-fashion pieces. These living fabrics play off of the idea of grass as the primary food of leather-producing animals, and so as an origin material for leathers.
The pieces are unusual for ecological art in that they are not rooted to a particular venue, but instead are mobile and wearable, allowing unique opportunities for public interaction. In 2017, Salt Tree Art premiered a root grass harness, Cowboi, at NYC’s Folsom East Festival. The living harness is shown below worn by vegan model Zachary Kovel.