In honor of Earth Day, we’re giving heaps of good loving to London-based artist, Anna Garforth, who uses moss, food and other natural elements in conjunction with her design and illustration chops to make art with social commentary. In addition to edible posters made from cookie dough (mmm…) and recycled newspapers, tweaked and twisted, Garforth has sprouted a new method of graffiti art that involves covering buildings with moss in different patterns and statements.
Below, Garforth tags with an excerpt from a poem by Elenor Stevens. The type is so crisp that from afar a viewer might not recognize the organic matter that constitutes this piece. “Sporeborne” was Garforth’s first experiment in moss writing.
Garforth created the “Moss Cross” for The Urban Physic Garden, a “temporary community project built and designed by artists, designers and architects to promote nature and its power to heal.” According to Garforth, “moss contains healing properties and was often used to treat wounds during world war II, it has an anti-bacterial quality in that it is very acidic and may have been responsible for saving thousands of lives during the war… The plant can be used as an antiseptic, and medicines made with this are used to treat skin conditions.” Who knew!
Now it’s your turn!
Make Your Own Moss Graffiti
It turns out we aren’t the only ones enamored by the incredible work of Anna Garforth. Our friends at Apartment Therapy have created a DIY on making your own moss graffiti. All you need is moss, a blender, sugar, buttermilk, water, a container to hold your “paint”, and a paint brush. Simple, eh? Looks super easy so go ahead and make your mark with moss.