The New Herbarium is my interpretation of the practice of preserving plant specimens for scientific study. The earliest examples of herbaria are from the 1500's. I was inspired by Emily Dickinson's Herbarium, made when she was a teenager. The fragile document is kept at the Houghton Rare Book Library and is viewable online. A collection of preserved fungus specimens is called, naturally, a fungarium. The most comprehensive collection is located at Kew Gardens. Like Dickinson, I find inspiration in the immediacy of my yard and nearby woods and fields as I gather plants and fungi from my surroundings - the garden, roadside, fields, and woods. In the herbaria imagery, leaf shapes are preserved, and together with varying mushroom spore colors, depict plants in a still-life silhouette.