Helen Hazon – Decay

Bracket fungus

While walking through woods in NW Scotland a few years ago, I came upon this beautiful bracket fungus growing on a dead tree trunk.

Fungi fit perfectly into the topic of Decay. These wonderful, often overlooked organisms are amazingly important in the whole cycle of life, breaking down dead plants and animals into free nutrients that are then available for the next generation’s use.

My fungus quilt is made from silks and is machine stitched with acrylic threads.


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  1. Great execution of this painteresque fungus!

  2. carolinehiggs

    I love it. Bracket fungi have always intrigued me and I really like the way you have interpreted them.

  3. This kind of mushrooms is very fascinating. You managed to create a wonderful and perfect transposition. Excellent working and choice of colours. Well done I love it!

  4. Well done Helen, I like how you have kept the essencial of the funghi shapes. Turquoise is a very good choice.

  5. Beautiful. Love your color choices and texture.

  6. studiociboulette

    I love the contrast of modern representing decay. Beautiful piece.

  7. Great interpretation of the theme decay. Love the way you created the fungus, the choice of fabric and colors!

  8. Very effective rendition of the real decay. Very good piece!

  9. Helen as always such a beautiful composition, use of fabric, colors and execution. Bravo!

  10. joanbrailsford

    I like the way that you have used the form of the bracket fungi as the basis of your design, without being too literal. This is a skill that I wish I could develop. Beautiful stitching really gives the depth of detail that makes the piece come to life. Great approach to this subject

  11. Great colors and a beautiful composition. Decay in a modern way.
    I love it!

  12. Your modern design of this fascinating and colorful fungus is beautiful and your choice of fabrics and stitching complements it perfectly. Well done!

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