Lichens yield a lot of colour for a dye bath. Yet, they take many years to grow and are known to only grow in places where there is no pollution. They can be of many colours and textures. I see them as pure velvet.
I love lichens and my love for them prevent me from cropping them. Lichens are beautiful and appealing structures that are worth much more then any textile material. It´s texture, it´s colour, it´s shade, it´s indication of a healthy atmosphere....so, let them be living in nature where they surely belong!!!
Photo: lichens on a tree in Trancoso, Portugal. Jan 2007