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Mushroom

In fall I encounter all kinds of toadstools.

The different variations always tempt me to photograph them.

This time I am most impressed by a large white mushroom that I found on my morning walk. It stood in the meadow, measuring some 10 cm (I think it’s a Russula variant).

paddestoel-mushroom-top

He stood firm in the grass catching dewdrops. On the first day the top was still taut but after a few days it began to dry slightly, so the edge started to curl.

This made the gills at the bottom very visible.

They are like little curtains hanging along each other.

Toadstool gills

You can see this clearly on the drawing I made. The gills inspire me to do new experiments in the Earth series but that will be a whole new blogpost.

The beauty is that a toadstool is but a small part of the organism. Underneath the ground is a large threadlike hyphae system that is called Mycelium, that is the actual plant. (More can be found on the website of Wikipedia).

With creativity and making my jewellery it’s actually the same. What you see, the jewellery, is only a small part of what inspires me. Therefore it’s so nice to show my "threads" of inspiration, like this toadstool and his gills.

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The jewellery which is sold under the brand name La Leipsig Jewels is based on Helga van Leipsig's observations of the nature in Limburg, a province in the south of The Netherlands.

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