Lichen is a combination of fungi and algae or cyanobacteria living in a symbiosis in one organism. The fungi provides a structure for the algae to live in, while the algae provides food for the fungus. Lichens are found on all sizes and length. They grow in all types of places and are frequently found on tree bark. Lichens range in colors from bright orange, to all types of greens, grays and black.

Lichens can be used as natural dies and have been used by humans also as medicine.

Artist Paola Torres Núñez del Prado worked with lichens that she discovered in the woods of Joutsa in Finland. The artist collected the lichens from the tree branches and started experimenting with the material weaving it in different ways. Paola noticed that the lichens when in contact with water the lichens change colour.  She created two artworks using the living material combining it with technology.

Helsinki, Finland︎
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