Kudzu's aggressive growth and status as an unwanted plant creates an abundance of materials for resourceful artists and crafters. Nancy uses the vine in baskets, paper, jams, jellies, teas, and most recently as a building material. Bales of kudzu were used to support and insulate the outer walls of an old barn in Nancy's backyard. To resist rain and rot, the bales were covered in stucco after being mounted to the walls. Building with bales may seem like the latest craze in 'green living," but the roots of the technique originated with straw bale homes of late 19th century Nebraska!