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Monday, February 9, 2009

a felted stone gathers some moss.

lichen stone

...well, lichen.

look what the postie brought me today! a brilliantly composed felted stone with french knot lichen by ottoman (aka oregonian fibre artist, summer hamel). she sells these as pin cushions, but i am going to keep mine just as is. i think it has a sculptural loveliness about it that i just want to stare at. hopefully the lavender in it will keep the moths at bay, too.

with the covered stone i just got from resurrection fern, the mushroom terrarium i got from holly procktor and some little assemblages of my own makings, i am accumulating quite a little natural history display (or unnatural? quasi-natural?)

as for my own real-life lichen collection, some molds have taken hold to the ones i put under glass. does anyone have any suggested cures before i haul out the fungicide that will also kill any mushroom spores that may be hiding in the moss of my terraria? i am glad i did not give the small ones to my most plant-insecure friends. they would have blamed themselves. but, no. it's not you. it's me. and now we all know for sure.

5 comments:

neonfoxtongue said...

I just read about neem oil the other day, but I'm not sure if it would work on your particular type of mold: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_oil

Good luck!
-m.

sweetie pie press said...

oh, i didn't know neem oil was anti-fungal. i thought it just made leaves shiny and happy. good call. i will start digging into that (get it?)

Summer said...

Bravo...you got "Oregonian" right! :)

I'm so glad you like your pincushion/sculpture! I'm sure it will be very happy next to it's friends. :)

sweetie pie press said...

well, to be fair, i did grow up in british columbia and went to school in northern california so i have spent some time passing through oregon. but i did spell it wrong at first. i wrote orgonian - which i imagine would have something to do with those magic boxes william s. burroughs was so fond of sitting in.

Pamela said...

Beautiful picture of Ottoman's work! I'm a big fan of her!