The Spirit of Togetherness (2nd edition)
Plants talk to other plants and help each other out. They do this through a vast underground network of fungal threads known as mycelium. These threads, of which there can be hundreds of kilometres under a single footstep, connect the roots of plants to each other. Above ground we are familiar with the fruiting bodies of these fungi. We know them as mushrooms and their fungal threads carry nutrients and information throughout the soil from one plant to another. This is nature’s natural support system in which plants and fungi work together for the benefit of each other.
As humans we also need to have our own support system so that we can feel connected to and supported by others. When we connect with like-minded souls we create a community in which we begin to feel understood for who we are. We discover our sense of purpose and place in the world and this helps us feel less isolated in our lives. We realise that as we connect with others and allow ourselves to feel loved, supported and understood, we too can offer that same love, support and understanding to our fellow human beings on a day to day basis and when they are in need.
- limited edition print of original pen and ink drawing
- edition of 150 - 2nd edition (divided into 3 sizes)
- printed on archival paper using ultrachrome archival inks
- story is included with the print
This print is packaged in a compostable corn-starch bag (except for 35 x 25 cm size ). It will be shipped flat between two pieces of strong cardboard and wrapped in brown paper.
I drew this piece in the grassland dunes of Bull Island nature reserve in the Summer time in June. I had just started learning about mushroom
mycelium so mushrooms were on my mind. It wasn't until the following October that I spotted mushrooms everywhere along the sandy path. I had never noticed them before in all my time walking here.