Now that I've started at the Royal School of Needlework
, I'm always on the look-out for visual inspiration. I'm particularly drawn to natural forms, and so I took the opportunity to go on an early autumn walk with my family.
|This star moss had intense green tendrils and was springy underfoot, buoyed up with the rain|
Autumn is my favourite season, visually (if one discounts truly wintry days); mist and dew descends over the landscape, brightly lacquered leaves line the earth, and nature's harvest swells.
|These incredibly sculptural bracket fungi were almost as large as chairs|
I got the idea that I would stitch a wild mushroom for my silk shading (essentially photo-realistic painting with threads) module, and so I got out my camera and scanned the forest for interesting fungi.
|This little cep mushroom was the specimen I felt most inclined to stitch|
There had been a heavy rain just prior to our walk, and water droplets hung from all the plants, and polished the mushrooms.
|Sumptuous beefsteak fungus|
|The tannins and reflections in the leaves below turned these water droplets caught in a spider's web into liquid gold and bronze|
As autumn continues and turns into winter, I must make the time to take these walks, observing, recording, and enjoying the season...