It's easy to mistake one of Marianne Seiman‘s creations for a real-life piece of nature. The Estonia-based artist crafts amazingly lifelike flora and fungi in crochet, sparing no small detail in her work. From polka-dot mushrooms to flower-dotted vines, these tactile pieces are as impressive as they are enticing to touch.
Seiman learned crochet as a child, but did not pursue it until she moved to the countryside in her mid-twenties. During this time, she practiced many different crafts, like knitting, felting, sewing, and polymer clay jewelry. Ultimately, she felt that crochet was the best medium for her art, and easy to take with her while taking care of her children.
Much like amigurumi, Seiman's works have a cute quality to them. The thick texture of the crochet makes these faux plants seem soft to the touch, imbuing the art with a whimsical quality. “Soon after joining Instagram, I found out about and joined #the100dayproject,” she tells My Modern Met. “In the first years, I just made crochet brooches. But in 2020, I narrowed the topic down and made 100 days of crochet mushrooms. Next year, it was all about sea life and in 2022 it was crochet flowers. After completing 100 days of making flowers, I just kept going. Flowers grew larger, I also started to use wire in my works and really dug deeper into the topic.”
You can purchase available crochet art via Seiman's Etsy shop.