Embroidered Sculptures Recreate Lifelike Mushrooms, Lichen, and Fungi in Thread

Embroidered Sculptures Recreate Lifelike Mushrooms, Lichen, and Fungi in Thread

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Amanda Cobbett suspends a singular moment in the fleeting lives of fungi by stitching their likeness in thread.

The textile artist photographs and gathers specimens that she brings back to her Surrey Hills-based studio, where she finds fibers to match pale green lichens and golden chanterelles.

Using a free-motion embroidery technique on a sewing machine, she then stitches multiple layers onto a piece of dissolvable fabric that, once the organism is complete, is washed away to leave just the mushroom or mossy bark intact.

As a scroll through her Instagram reveals, the resulting sculptures are so realistic in color, shape, and size that it’s difficult to distinguish the artist’s iterations from their counterparts.

Currently, Cobbett is preparing a collection that will head to the Artful Craft exhibition at Make Southwest, which opens on April 2. (via Lustik)

Courtesy: colossal

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