works with wild mushroom spores creating unique and original artworks.

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The Blewit

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Art meets Science here with a unique cream coloured mushroom sporeprint on green board in white frame. 26cm x 26cm.

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This sporeprint was made using a Wood Blewit, Lepista Nuda, mushroom which grows gregariously in the garden lawn every autumn once the temperature is consistantly below 17c. It is saprobic which means it is not fussy where it grows as long its environment is dead and rich in organic matter ie leaf litter and dead tree roots and stumps.

It is a fabulous lilac colour and never fails to produce a cream coloured sporeprint. I have included a picture of the original mushroom.

It is edible but must be well cooked and I’ve discovered the older mushrooms are not worth the trouble.

I used a green board in a white frame. 26cm x 26cm.

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 26 × 2 × 26 cm


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Gillian Duggan creates unique paintings using wild mushrooms and her passion for nature and art is visible in her work.

Working with her garden mushrooms, she harnesses their spore dispersal action to create these individual patterns. Some patterns are mirror images of the mushrooms’ gills and others are more abstract when she adds air currents to the process creating a sense of movement, fluidity and, sometimes, playfulness.

Her work reflects the juxtaposition of decay and life, stillness and motion as nature shapes the world we inhabit. Mushrooms and fungi recycle the dead and resupply the building blocks of life. Nothing is ever still. Motion is everywhere.

Each piece of Gillian’s work is unique and original.

Her medium is spores which are dried, fixed, framed, sealed and ready to hang.

Gillian lives in the foothills of the Dublin mountains surrounded by trees, birds, wild animals and, of course, mushrooms.