Wild Mushrooms {Photography collection}

Happy Friday friends! In a bid to hold onto the last of this years sunshine (before winter completely sets in) I decided to see if I could find anything magical to photograph and while out in the wilderness I found a very lovely little patch of grassland fungi! These beautiful mushrooms were tiny and their colours seemed so vivid against the green of the grass. I love fungi there are so many species and colours and they grow in the most unlikely places.

So, enjoy some wild foraging photography…and a few doodles…

This is one of my favorites from the shoot. I love how simple and stock-photography-like it looks. The way the light hits the mushroom and the sunlight through the grass just feels so natural…

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Constructive Things

Elastic Circles On Velvet With Latex Buttons
Elastic Circles On Velvet With Latex Buttons

Cut-out Shapes With Latex Lego Bricks
Cut-out Shapes With Latex Lego Bricks

Loose Felt Woven Strips
Loose Felt Woven Strips

These are some constructed textile experiments I’ve played with, I’m quite happy with them and I’ve used a wide range of methods these are fun to make and if you haven’t tried felting before I highly recommend it.

"Dizzy" Embroidery On Dissolvable Film Modelled Around Lego Bricks
“Dizzy” Embroidery On Dissolvable Film Modelled Around Lego Bricks

Reversed Appliquéd And Quilted Squares
Reversed Appliquéd And Quilted Squares

Sewn Loops
Sewn Loops

"Dizzy" Embroidery On Dissolvable Film
“Dizzy” Embroidery On Dissolvable Film

Elastic Sewn Velvet With Felting
Elastic Sewn Velvet With Felting

"Dizzy" Embroidery Reverse Appliquéd  With Sewn Felting
“Dizzy” Embroidery Reverse Appliquéd With Sewn Felting

Interwoven Strips
Interwoven Strips

Making Impressions.

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Over the last week I’ve been playing with constructed textiles and thought I’d try laying brass buttons in a dish of latex (so much fun!) It took about 3 days to dry out and when I removed the buttons the latex had imprinted the pattern and taken the colouring from them. Now I can cut them up and use them as buttons.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Iris van Herpen.

Source - pleatfarm.com
Source – pleatfarm.com

Iris Van Herpen: The Alexander McQueen Of Tech Geeks

As one blogger put it: “I think we just found our next fashion legend. HO. LY. SHIT.

Van Herpen manipulates technology to test all the limits of fashion. Creating pieces by combining modern techniques and traditional sewing.

Even if you don’t have a great deal of interest about fashion technology, this stuff is worth looking at . New ideas and digital technology are already having a great deal of input into the industry, whether you’re talking digitally printed fabric or 3-D creations. It will only become more exaggerated and prominent. Van Herpens’ work, is like a sneak peek into the future about where the fashion world is headed.

Inspirational materials

Kate Cuasck

The inspirational designer Kate Cusack, If you are unfamiliar with her work – check it out here, creates pieces made with everyday materials which are worn as body adornment.

With experiences in many place including costume design, her work is striking and shown to the best  in Zipper Jewellery. All of these pieces relate to the body, while combining theatrical influences and transformation of items, made in materials that are more seen and not used.

Celtic Mythology and British Folklore.

While gathering research I came across a book called King Arthur’s Raid on the Underworld, a re-telling of the 9th century Welsh poem Preiddeu Annfwyn or The Raid on the Underworld, which is one of the most enigmatic texts in British literature. It appears to tell the story of a raid, led by the hero Arthur on the Otherworld, to steal a magical cauldron from its guardians.

Meg Falconer is a painter who bases much of her work on Celtic Mythology and British Folklore. Creating amazing abstract art to illustrate this book.