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Our goal is to bring what people have known about plants and their stories back into the realm of Common Knowledge.
Our goal is to bring what people have known about plants and their stories back into the realm of Common Knowledge.
Our goal is to bring what people have known about plants and their stories back into the realm of Common Knowledge.
132 backers pledged $5,589 to help bring this project to life.

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Artist Alyssa Dennis created Common Knowledge to promote education on wild edible and medicinal plants, found specially within the urban landscape, through a visual vocabulary of plant illustrations accessed through interactive and participatory learning tools. It is a cultural platform for sharing information and engaging with children and adults alike. Common Knowledge advocates for an increased awareness of our natural environment while promoting the idea that plant knowledge should exist as common knowledge. This project is rooted in "green" philosophies, alternative pedagogies, nutritional activism and the principles of a gift economy. With our ever-increasing interest in alternative and natural healing, Common Knowledge intends to propagate conversations around our ages-old symbiotic relationship with the plant world, which provides us with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sustenance. Common Knowledge will operate regionally and has started its journey by showcasing plants found in every urban environment in the northeastern US. These species are strong and resilient and actively work to restore nutrients to damaged city soil. They become an example of nature's endurance and perseverance against great odds. Perhaps they can help guide us to do the same.

All Illustrations and art work were drawn from edible plants found in Brooklyn, NY

In short we want to:

1. To bring knowledge of plants and their stories back into the realm of Common Knowledge.

2. To explore the hidden lives and gifts of some of the most prolific wild plants, which we negatively label as weeds.

3. To develop fun, easy and supportive ways to teach people about plants.

4. To promote biological systems as a crucial component of the production and resources of a thriving city.

5. To generate autonomy and empowerment around mental and physical health with the idea that we are each our own best healers.

1.We can do a large print run of our 50-page interactive plant hunting, activity and coloring book and make it available to people far and wide.

2. Put other Common Knowledge products into production like our 40-card memory game, our seasonal temporary tattoo sets, our large format coloring pages, and so, so much more. 

3. Connect with non-profit educational initiatives to provide plant tours, workshops and immersive installations.

Printing costs for just coloring books and deck of cards:

Plant Hunting Coloring and Activity book (500 copies): $2,117

Plant Hunting Memory Card Game (1000 copies): $2,700

Then there are all our other gifts, Kickstarter fees and shipping costs

Please consider donating what you can. Every bit helps.

1. To continue to create a diversity of active and play-based learning material about plants. 

2. Currently, Common Knowledge only includes plant species of the northeastern US. We would like to expand to include regions of the south starting with New Orleans and west coast regions starting with San Francisco. 

3. To collaborate with herbalist, plant healers, advocates and educators to dream up new ideas of renewing and strengthening our ages-old connection with the plant world.

Plant Hunting Memory Card Game $20
Plant Hunting Memory Card Game $20

 

Limited edition fine art print of wild edibles 17''x22'' $75
Limited edition fine art print of wild edibles 17''x22'' $75

 

Temporary Tattoos $15 (set of 3)
Temporary Tattoos $15 (set of 3)

 

Plant Hunting Activity and Coloring Book 8.5''x11'' $35
Plant Hunting Activity and Coloring Book 8.5''x11'' $35

 

Jumbo Plant-Hunting Coloring Page 24''x48'' $28 (2 for $50)
Jumbo Plant-Hunting Coloring Page 24''x48'' $28 (2 for $50)

 

Common Knowledge Tea and Smoke Blends by Herbalist Olivia Fite  $15
Common Knowledge Tea and Smoke Blends by Herbalist Olivia Fite $15

 

Corpse Flower Tintype Print by Rowan Renee $60
Corpse Flower Tintype Print by Rowan Renee $60

 

Mini Print 4.5'"x4.5" (front and back) by Alyssa Dennis $12
Mini Print 4.5'"x4.5" (front and back) by Alyssa Dennis $12

 

Temporary Tattoos $15
Temporary Tattoos $15

 

 

Fine Art Print w/ Edible Plants $25
Fine Art Print w/ Edible Plants $25

 

Soil Savers Art Print $55
Soil Savers Art Print $55

 

"How To Enter A Dream" linoleum block print $250
"How To Enter A Dream" linoleum block print $250

 

"How To Enter A Dream" linoleum block print $250
"How To Enter A Dream" linoleum block print $250

 

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All of the content for this kickstarter project was put together by artist and activist Alyssa Dennis. She and her team at Common Knowledge will do their best to serve the goals of this project. Thank you!

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    Customize Your Pledge

    Feel like you'd like to purchase more than one thing? Let us know what you'd like from the list below and we will make sure you get everything you want. Please take note of what will send before the Xmas holiday. Not everything will but we will get you your rewards as soon as possible. Thank You!

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    Coloring Pages

    This gift is a sneak peak of 3 loose coloring pages from our book which will be released after the start of the new year.

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    Mini Plant Print

    This is a 4.5'x4.5' print that also has a plant drawing on the back. Herbalist have often mentioned...if you wish to learn about plants start with one. This print will help you be on your way to knowing more about these common urban plants. It comes with a handwritten thank you and fun facts about the plant on the back of your card. Check below for a pic.

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    Temporary Tattoo Set

    A set of 3 temporary tattoos of wild urban edible plants. Illustrations drawn from plants found in Brooklyn, NY. Fun facts about each of your tattoos included. Will ship before the Xmas holiday.

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    Common Knowledge Smoke and Tea Blends

    This reward is a blend of organic medicinal herbs crafted especially for Common Knowledge by Clinical Herbalist & Certified Nutrition Specialist, Olivia Fite from Baltimore. She has made this blend to highlight the herbs which you will find on all Common Knowledge products. Please specify in a message to us which one you'd prefer.
    Loose Tea Blend (8oz tin):
    nettle, red clover, burdock, dandelion, peppermint & ginger
    Smoke Blend:
    Mullein, Mugwort, red clover, chamomile, sage & rose. Yields 20 rolled cigarettes
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    Plant Hunting Memory Card Game

    This deck is comprised of 20 different species of wild edible plants which can be found within every city of the north eastern US. What makes this memory game different then most is that for each of the 20 species you wont see an exact duplicate but simply a different plant drawing for the same species; containing 40 cards total. Will ship before the Xmas holiday.

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    Fine Art Print w/ Edible Plants

    This is a 10''x10'' fine art print of a hand-rendered drawing by artist Alyssa Dennis. Printed on archival high quality epson enhanced matte paper. Check below for a pic and view more of her work here....www.alyssadennis.com

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    Plant Hunting Coloring Jumbo Print

    This is a 24'' by 48'' black and white large format coloring page printed on 24 pound printing paper. The image is from our coloring book. Will ship before the Xmas holiday.

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    Plant Hunting Coloring Book

    This is our 50-page plant hunting, activity and coloring book. It includes over 25 coloring pages, an I Spy With My Eye game, a matching game, fun facts about urban plants and room for you to draw too. Will ship AFTER the Xmas holiday.

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    2 Plant Hunting Coloring Jumbo Prints

    This is two 24'' by 48'' black and white large format coloring page printed on 24 pound printing paper. Both images are from our coloring book. One image is of a city scene and the other is our urban plant jungle image. Will ship before the Xmas holiday.

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    Soil Savers Art Print

    This is a signed limited edition 13''x19'' fine art print of a hand-rendered drawing called Soil Savers by artist Alyssa Dennis. Printed on archival high quality epson enhanced matte paper. Check below for a pic and view more of her work here....www.alyssadennis.com

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    Corpse Flower Tintype Print

    This is a 13''x19'' archival fine art print version of a Wet Plate Collodion Tintype taken of the Corpse Flower by Rowan Renee at the New York Botanical Garden in July 2016. One of the largest single blossoms in the world, this rare bloom only lasts for 24-36 hours and smells like rotting flesh. This was the first Corpse Flower to blossom at the NYBG.

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    Plant Hunting Personalized Mention

    This is our 50-page plant hunting, activity and coloring book which will include your name at the beginning under an extra special mention of thanks and praise. The book includes over 25 coloring pages, an I Spy With My Eye game, a matching game, fun facts about urban plants and room for you to draw too. Will ship AFTER the Xmas holiday.

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    Limited Edition Wild Edible Print

    This is a 17''x22'' limited edition fine art print of 46 illustrations of wild edibles of the northeastern US. All illustrations were done from plants found in Brooklyn, NY. Printed on high quality epson enhanced matte paper with an ocher background. Will ship before the Xmas holiday.

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    Plant Hunting Tour

    This will be a very special 2-hr plant hunting tour in the spring of 2017, conducted by Common Knowledge in Brooklyn, NY. We'll show you all the secret hiding places.

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    Herbal Wellness Consultation

    Initial Herbal Wellness Consultation with Clinical Herbalist & Certified Nutrition Specialist, Olivia Fite. Includes 2 weeks of a customized herbal formula. Your consultation, will address your primary concerns as well as discuss how the rhythms & patterns of one's life may be affecting your overall wellbeing. This is a holistic approach with the goal of finding the root of imbalance and collectively coming up with creative individualized recommendations for reducing symptoms and uprooting chronic imbalances. Olivia Fite, MS, CNS has a private practice and herbal apothecary in Baltimore, MD. Phone consultations are available for those who do not live in Baltimore. Learn more about Olivia at Oherbalmedicine.com

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    Dreaming Plant Print

    This is a 22''x30'' limited edition fine art linoleum block print with hand-painting. It is called How To Enter A Dream by artist Elaine Su-Hui. The plants within this print aid in entering the dream world. Dreams give us direct access to sacred sources of guidance and healing.

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    Plant Hunting Tour Package

    A very special 2-hour plant hunting tour in the spring of 2017 conducted by Common Knowledge and includes a personal thank you in our coloring book, a copy of the book, memory card game, temp tattoos, both jumbo coloring pages and one secret not yet released art print.

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    Plant Hunting Coloring Party

    Want to have a plant coloring party for you or a child?! Common Knowledge will host a kids or adult (15 max) coloring day/night in your home/venue. This party will include a small intro on urban edibles, plenty of coloring tools, pencils, etc and 8.5’’x11’’ and 11’’x17’’ coloring pages for everyone. Also, included are 5 of our 24’’x48’’ jumbo size collaborative coloring pages for everyone to work on together. The birthday girl or boy will receive a coloring book, memory card game gift wrapped just for them. All other Common Knowledge products will be made available for purchase as well.

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    Custom Plant Drawing

    Common Knowledge will identify 5 edible plants around your home and make a personalized plant drawing just for you which will include a write up of the benefits of each species. Size is limited to 11’’x17’’. Also, limited to New York and Baltimore City.

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