My Concept

Initially, I was drawn to mushrooms because of their form and how much I had enjoyed experimenting with spore printing in the past. More extensive research into the world of fungi gave me an insight into the impact they have on our lives, not only in terms of their essential role in our ecosystem but in terms of their versatility. Not only are they a foodstuff, but they are also used in medicine and as natural textiles in the form of mushroom leather.

My research led me to explore natural dyeing and the rainbow of colours that can be achieved with plants and flowers, something that is ignored in favour of more mass-produced, chemical-based and toxic dyeing processes.

I want to bring the outside in, to create a piece that plays with the mushroom form but also tells a story, using the mushroom as a representation of how we can work with, not against, the natural world, and how the world we live in hangs in the balance as we destroy our natural ecosystems.

For my final piece I will be creating a wall hanging on 100% cotton for an interior space. Because I plan on hand painting and sewing into the piece of fabric that will have been dyed and printed onto, it lends itself more to a piece of textile art rather than as a commercial piece of printed fabric. The wall hanging also conveys the concept that we need to become more aware of how important it is for us to work towards keeping our ecosystems in balance, and how we should look to the natural world (without plundering it) for more eco-friendly and sustainable products – and in the case of my final piece this will be conveyed by the use of natural dyes such as avocado skins and pits (that would normally be thrown away), red cabbage and beetroot juice .

For my final piece, I will be creating a wall hanging on 100% cotton for an interior space. Because I plan on hand painting and sewing into the fabric that will have been dyed and printed onto, it lends itself more to a piece of textile art rather than as a commercial piece of printed fabric. The wall hanging also conveys the concept that we need to become more aware of how important it is for us to work towards keeping our ecosystems in balance and that we should look to the natural world (without plundering it) for more eco-friendly and sustainable products by using natural dyes, avocado skins and pits (which would usually be thrown away), and iron water made fro scrap metal.

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