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Knitted Replicas of Forest Fungi Help Fabric Artist Commune with Nature

by , 08/24/13
filed under: Art, Ecouterre

leigh martin, fungi, fungus, magic mushrooms, nature, conservation, biology, botany, knitting, crafts, DIY, yarn, fabric art

When’s the last time you got up close and personal with a mushroom? Or stopped to consider the beauty of fungus growing from the base of a tree? For Leigh Martin, an Oklahoma fiber artist and self-professed mycology enthusiast, cataloging the forest fungi is a daily task. Martin is on a mission to combine her twin loves of knitting and mushrooms by fashioning yarn-based versions of at least 52 forms of fungi in 2013.  “[The project] serves as a meditative practice inciting creativity and new awareness of natural processes as I learn more about these organisms that thrive amongst us and surrounding our communities,” she writes on her website.

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