Fantastic Fungi

As a child I was always fascinated by mysterious old Chinese medicine shops with all their weird and wonderful bits of dried and shrivelled Nature. Most interesting of all were the different dried mushrooms that, depending on type, could be used for correcting health problems, or added to an unusual and healthy-giving dish in the kitchen. I still love the look of fungi today in both their living and dried forms. (Or more accurately, as my husband tells me, the fruiting bodies of fungi.)

Lingzhi - The mushroom of immortality!

Lingzhi – The mushroom of immortality!

The last time I visited Hong Kong I photographed some fungi in a health shop which stirred up even more childhood associations. These were the mushroom known as “Lingzhi” which featured in many of the books I read in my youth. This rare fungus (Ganoderma lucidum) has been used in Chinese medicine for 2,000 years and many accounts attributed it with life extending powers. In more recent times it has found a regular place in literature as a fabled elixir of life, and featured in many of the Martial Arts novels I read in my teens. Seeing them lying in a shop, piled in an old cardboard box, rather spoiled the myth!

Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) Legend of my youth

Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) Legend of my youth

Another type of dried fungus

Another type of dried fungus

I also love fungi growing in nature, where they can suddenly appear like exotic aliens overnight. I have now tried to start photographing any new types I see, though our voracious Cornish slugs seem to attack and disfigure many before I get there.

Blogger Awards

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been rather slow to respond to the whole series of blogger nominations I’ve received over the last few weeks – thank you so much for all your support!

Because I’ve built up quite a backlog, I’m going to respond to everyone in one post rather than follow individual sets of rules. Thank you very much to everyone for following and commenting on my blog!

Here are the lovely people who nominated me – check out their blogs, comment and follow:

Home and the Range: ‘Beautiful Blogger Award’
Ephemeral Gecko: ‘Liebster Blog Award’
Green in the Middle: ‘One Lovely Blog Award’
Bottleneck Consensus: ‘Versatile Blogger Award’
Milkshakes In Spring:  ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ & ‘Lovely Blogger Award’
getLoWorld: ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’
Miramiandmog: ‘Lovely Blogger Award’
Genie Speaks: ‘One Lovely Blog Award’
Tangerine Key: ‘Versatile Blog Award’

Here’s a list of some of the wonderful blogs that have caught my eye and that I highly recommend:

InteriorStockholm
danielandkellytravel
lesya
genie
Le Zoe Musings
Ephemeral Gecko
Rantings of an Amateur Chef
EK Photography and Art
The World Is My Cuttlefish
Maggie’s One Butt Kitchen
Everydaysparks
Sadie & Dasie
OrangePurpleGreen
Charming Trinity
Chi Kong Photography
Doliphoto

It’s been fantastic fun to share with you all, see you in the next post!

First!

Hi!
I’ve started this blog as a way of sharing all the different the creative processes behind my work, my sources of inspiration, and a bit about myself.

Experimentation is what makes art and creativity so much fun, and over the years I’ve enjoyed trying all kinds of techniques and projects. I’ll be sharing my collection of textile creations, which range from fine embroidery to patchwork chickens.

I love snapping pictures of details and colours and textures, so I’ll be uploading some of the pieces of the world that have caught my eye.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some truly amazing parts of the world, and I’ve used all these locations as inspiration for my art – so I’ll be posting some of my favourite images that captured my imagination.

Hope you enjoy!