The 2020 International Fungi & Fibre Symposium

We’re busy
drawing up
the plans!

But we want to make sure you have the basic information now.

Updates coming soon.

When:

Monday, October 19
to Sunday, October 25, 2020

Registration opens January 2, 2020

What:

19th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium

Immerse yourself in the colorful world of mushroom and lichen dyes!

Novices and experienced mushroom dyers alike will enjoy the comradery and community of a weeklong conference with dyeing and crafting workshops, lectures, field trips, and unstructured craft time.

Forage for local dye mushrooms. Learn new dye techniques and innovative fiber crafts to showcase the radiant beauty of mushrooms for color. Admire the gallery of work from masterful artists who blend fungi with fiber. Purchase dye mushrooms, expertly dyed wool, undyed local fiber, and heirloom-quality mushroom-dyed handicrafts. Socialize with an international group of enthusiastic fungus and fiber crafters as we share and expand our collective knowledge, ensuring it is passed on to future generations.

Check back for more details in September 2019.

Mushroom-dyed wool Mushroom-dyed wool
Mushroom-dyed silk Mushroom-dyed silk

Where:

Fort Worden PDA

Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, Washington, USA

Fort Worden was originally designed as a military base to defend the Puget Sound back when most military conquests were carried out by sea. Today it's a state park that spans 2 miles of Washington shoreline with historic buildings, walking trails, and views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the San Juan Islands.

Located within a couple of miles from historic downtown Port Townsend, shopping, restaurants, and sightseeing opportunities (and 2 yarn stores) are just minutes away.

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Who:

Alissa Allen (center)

Alissa is the founder of Mycopigments, and has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes and collaborating with other dyers for over 15 years. She has written articles for the Fibershed blog, Fungi Magazine, and her website, and created two active discussion groups: Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and the Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. She is dedicated to furthering the art and science of dyeing through community engagement, open discussion, and friendly encouragement. Her focus is studying regional mycoflora and using their colorful dyes to entice people to pay closer attention to the role fungi play in our lives.

Tess Barlow (right)

Tess is a mom of two young boys. Her lifelong passion for crafting and fiber arts combined perfectly with her studies in mycology when she discovered mushroom dyes. Inspired by Alissa Allen's enthusiasm at the local mushroom club, Tess has been experimenting with mushroom dyes for about 10 years. After attending her first IFFS in Norway in 2018, she is thrilled to join our team in developing a dynamic agenda of dye and craft classes that convey the unparalleled beauty of mushroom dyes. Follow Tess @hericium2.0

Teddy Basladynski (left)

Teddy has a gigantic head compared to the other two, and was primarily an edible mushroom hunter until Alissa corrupted him with dye mushrooms. He has been hunting since 2008, and was a co-lead organizer for the 2014 NAMA Foray in Washington, has organized the Mushroom Gathering at Breitenbush Hot Springs for 7 years, and served on the board of trustees for the Puget Sound Mycological Society for 4 years. He started knitting in October 2017.

Teddy Basladynski (left)

Teddy has a gigantic head compared to the other two, and was primarily an edible mushroom hunter until Alissa corrupted him with dye mushrooms. He has been hunting since 2008, and was a co-lead organizer for the 2014 NAMA Foray in Washington, has organized the Mushroom Gathering at Breitenbush Hot Springs for 7 years, and served on the board of trustees for the Puget Sound Mycological Society for 4 years. He started knitting in October 2017.