MYCOPIGMENTS – With Alissa Allen (second offering)

Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada

In this two-day workshop students will learn the art of dyeing with mushrooms and lichens—from foraging to finished cloth and yarns. Beginning with the principles of collection and identification, students will work toward a full understanding of ecologically sound harvesting. How, when, and what to collect will be covered, as well as identification techniques that will assist the student in finding the right varieties of fungi for the right colours.

For many natural dyers, mycological sourced dyes represent a new and exciting territory. Join experienced dyer Alissa Allen as she leads the class through the proper selection of mordant and dye procedures to coax unusual colours from mushrooms and lichens. The class will work with silk cloth and woolen yarns. No prior dyeing experience is necessary.