Rock Paper Plant Founders Alicia + Cielo

Rock Paper Plant Founders Alicia + Cielo

Rock Paper Plant is the brainchild of Alicia Mazzara + Cielo Contreras, two dope, curly-haired kweens making + growing things in DC. They currently specialize in wall hangings featuring tropical plants and felted succulents. As far as they know, they're the only folks teaching workshops on mounted plants in DC. And they only mount epiphytic plants - plants that grow on trees in the wild - which mimics their natural growing habit.

When they're not playing with plants, these two nonprofit warriors fight for social justice. Alicia works on affordable housing and Cielo works on children’s literacy. A couple years ago, they were just two besties who loved to craft... but after the 2016 election, they needed a creative outlet and a way to create beauty in these uncertain + often scary times. So they founded @rockpaperplant to give others the same opportunity.

Alicia + Cielo mostly teach their mounted plants + needle felting workshops through partners like Femme Fatale, Lemon Collective, and REWILD. They're also available for private plant workshops - a great bachelorette/birthday party alternative! For more info, visit http://www.rockpaperplant.com/#workshops or their link in bio.

For those of you who think you have a black thumb, they have this to say: "People think you’re a wizard when you can grow house plants successfully. We really want to set people up for success, which often means debunking common myths about plant care in our classes. If you ever want to get us going, ask us why you shouldn’t water your orchid with ice cubes."

Can't make a workshop? You're in luck! Recently, they started selling their gorgeous wall-mounted plants. You can place a custom order, or pick a ready-to-go one at REWILD or Femme Fatale in Columbia Heights.

Abstract Artist Melanie Bikowski

Abstract Artist Melanie Bikowski

Femme Fatale DC Owner Adriana Mendoza

Femme Fatale DC Owner Adriana Mendoza