Fly Agaric Mushroom Experiments

Side-view of Fairy-ring 2

After the Blockwork exhibition I had time to think about where to go next, and I am not done exploring the comically otherworldly crocheted fairy rings. After a few days hunched over the hooks I had a couple of dozen new mushrooms to try out the new plan, and here it is: 

Fairy-ring 2 (beginning) 


The start of Fairy-ring 2. The mushrooms are numerous, larger and denser packed. Hopefully this will mean that they are not as ‘lost’ in the rug as I found the mushrooms in Fairy-ring 1 (2009-2010) to be. Inversely, with the new mushroom design I hope that I can still retain the complexity of the ‘grass’ patterns that I have in Fairy-ring 1. 

The start of rug, and materials (that pile of green strips).

Fairy-ring 1 (complete) and Fairy-ring 2.

It is also half the size of Fairy-ring 1, so I can work a bit quicker and have more time for some experiments in rugging. I will post new developments as they arise, but it won’t get made with me just sitting here, blogging about it.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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