Come explore the bountiful colors of the fifth kingdom in this rare opportunity to explore the full spectrum of pigments found in mushrooms and lichens. You will learn about mushroom safety, ethical harvest and optimizing color potential and take home the tools and experience to continue your exploration mushroom and lichen dyeing on your own.
By the end of the class we have dyed a multitude of colors. We assemble them on cards that detail our recipes and procedures used to achieve the results.
In addition to the samples and detailed recipe cards showcasing the colors we extract in class, everyone takes home a 6 page handout that includes a brief history of mushroom dyes, an introduction to working with lichen dyes and directions for mordanting and dyeing at home. To culminate our learning, you will design and dye a shibori-style scarf with mushroom dye.
We will have a break for lunch – please feel free to explore the Virginia Highlands or Emory area or bring a bagged lunch.
About the Instructor:
Alissa Allen of Mycopigments has been experimenting with mushroom derived pigments and sharing her enthusiasm and experience with others for over 15 years. Raised by a forager in the Pacific Northwest, she has been a student of the natural world her entire life. She currently calls Massachusetts home but spends most of her time travelling, studying regional fungi, and teaching residents how to recognize and utilize their local mushroom dye palettes.