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︎ 2017 - Ongoing (Brooklyn, NY)



Once only found in areas with tropical climates, avocados are now increasingly (and controversially) ubiquitous. An unlikely survivor of the Cenozoic era and praised by their taste and nutritional properties, avocados are ever-present, notwithstanding their luxury status (already in 1914, the price for one avocado in the U.S. would be equivalent to $24.90 in 2018).
This popularity has brought diverse complications. From deforestation, to a profitable black market and even expensive injuries (surgeries related to "avocado hand" can cost up to $20,000). Even so, their consumption stays on the rise. In the U.S. alone, the yearly per capita consumption of avocados has increased from 1 pound in 1989 to 7 pounds in 2016.

An often-overlooked property of the avocado is its dyeing capabilities: its seed capable of yield a blush tone onto fabric, which is highly dependable, due to the high tannins it contains.