This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info.
Most people balk at mold, like the type that appears as spores on old loaves of bread. But not artist Elin Thomas; she pays homages to fuzzy fungus through her felt fiber art. Using techniques including crochet, needle felting, and embroidery, she creates one-of-a-kind petri dishes that really look like mold. The shallow vessels are filled to the brim with exquisite textures—including fuzzy, hair-like spores that invite you to touch, making them unexpectedly cute.
Thomas’ fiber sculptures are small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. They often occupy an eight-inch glass dish with a stuffed felt base in a light or dark gray color. The neutral ground is where Thomas’ work comes alive with crocheted molds, knotted stitches, and other delicate objects resembling living organisms. These elements are hand sewn to the felt and the entire thing is held in place with glue.
In addition to her petri dishes, Thomas creates mold-inspired accessories like statement rings. Perfect as gifts for science lovers, both are available in her Etsy shop.
Artist Elin Thomas pays homage to mold with her felt fiber art.
Using crochet and embroidery techniques, she recreates fuzzy spores on a needle felted base…
… and puts them inside real eight-inch petri dishes.
The result is tactile art that is unexpectedly cute.
In addition to her petri dishes, Thomas creates wearable art that is sure to make a statement.