Bob Simons 1953-1999
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Bob loved stinging nettles -- eating them, wearing them, fertilising them, everything except being repeatedly stung by them.
For the celebration of Bob's life at Fulford Hall on 20 March 1999, Catherine silkscreened about a hundred t-shirts with Bob's stinging nettle design. I'm wearing one of them right now as I write this.
Some of the things Bob made from nettles included:
- broth ("oyster soup")
- Christmas bread (beet- and nettle-coloured doughs braided together)
- pizza (in two main varieties: with nettles in the flour and with nettle purée substituting for tomatoes in the topping)
- nettle cake with salal berry icing
- rope (and he even wove a nettle hat from it).