My Mushroom Muse
A Sweet Jane Fashion Textiles Collection
I have taken my inspiration from the altered reality that the photographic image creates and how, on closer examination, this ‘reality’ may differ to what was actually in front of the camera. Through My Mushroom Muse collection of printed fashion textiles I analyze photography and how, in collaboration with the photographers ‘gaze’, its mechanical and digital processes can create a unique narrative.
My Mushroom Muse Collection began during the first UK Covid lockdown in 2020, feeling separated from the world and nature outside I decided to bring nature inside and grow my own inspiration in the form of grey and pink oyster mushrooms at home. Once each day, at a specific time, I photographed the mushrooms using two different types of camera, a digital camera and an analogue camera. On examining the series of photographs, I realised that I had only captured a very small part of the growth and that most of it had been missed. I feel there is a lost beauty in the missed pieces of this narrative. Through my work in the collection I have imagined and virtualised this lost beauty, blending fiction with authenticity through a use of mood, colour and composition my collection creates its own narrative that celebrates the creativity procured from this photographic collaboration between female gaze and photographic lens.