ELIN Lichen Inspired Crochet Art

ELIN Lichen Inspired Crochet Art

Gregory Han
Mar 18, 2010

This may sound weird to some, but hopefully wonderful to a few. Emily and I are obsessed with fungus, slime molds, and lichen (we're members of our local chapters dedicated to their appreciation); it's a recent hobby…no…make that an obsession…to chase after mushrooms and their ilk after a storm to document/photograph. Admittedly a nerdy endeavor, but one born out of a love of the inspiring colors and shapes that of course find their way into the arts and design. So how could we not but adore these crochet pieces offered by ELIN Art over at Etsy.

Elin Thomas personally crochets these in an attempt "to copy nature", but we think her handiwork honours it, with astute detail, choice in colours and layout that give these woolen pieces a tactile-inviting presence.

A photo of a Southern California lichen for real world reference and comparison.

As someone who hikes and photographs lichen regularly, we can attest these decorative pieces truly capture the essence of the fungus and alga collaboration of design, form and texture. They would look great as intended decorative "growths" on the walls for those nature and science minded and we plan to perhaps gift ourselves one or two pieces to enjoy ourselves when we can't get out to hike.

Peruse Elin's complete collection of lichen inspired pieces at her Etsy store.

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