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PREVIEW October 26th-29th at The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield
Lorna Ellen’s 'Mycelium Magic' at The Doll’s House Art Gallery transforms the familiar into the fantastical. Journey into an immersive environment where the hidden fauna of the forest floor takes centre stage. The gallery space is reimagined as an old abandoned house, overtaken by nature's wonders.
Crafted entirely from secondhand, excess, or recycled materials, this exhibition presents soft textiles like fabric and yarn, meticulously embroidered to mimic fungi. These delicate representations, juxtaposed against the man made plastic furniture, invite viewers to reflect on nature's relationship with the synthetic. Adding a touch of magic, glowing el wire interconnects each fungal creation, a nod to their intricate root-like networks. 'Mycelium Magic' is not just an art exhibition but an exploration of balance, resilience, and the beautiful complexity of our natural world.
The fungi species depicted in the exhibit are ones the artist has personally discovered and documented at Danes Moss, the endangered wildlife habitat at risk due to the South Macclesfield development area, where she resides nearby and visits almost daily.
Lorna Ellen is a multidisciplinary craftivist whose artistic work revolves around environmental consciousness and creative reuse. Grounded in a deep respect for the planet, she masterfully intertwines man-made waste materials with natural ones, highlighting the stark contrasts and symbiosis between them. Trained in textiles, Lorna demonstrates a unique blend of traditional techniques, like felting, crochet, and embroidery, within contemporary art contexts. Her works not only shed light on pressing environmental issues but also push the boundaries of textile art, advocating for both sustainability and the evolution of craft. Through her pieces, Lorna challenges perceptions, urging viewers to rethink their relationship with the environment and consider the impact of their choices on the planet.
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