November 19th – Mycopigments: Exploring Mushroom and Lichen Dyes of the North Coast

When Science and Art Collide!

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IMG_5437Join me Saturday, November 19th from 10am to 4pm in Arcata, CA on the Humboldt State University Campus. Explore the beautiful, natural colors found in the wild mushrooms and lichens of the Redwood Coast. In this one day class, we will discuss safe and ethical harvesting practices, basic features used in identification, fungal ecology, testing species for dye potential and the latest techniques used for extracting optimal color. Starting with 10-12 different species, with the addition of safe mordants and pH modifiers, we will end up with about 20 colors in all.

Wild Harvest – All of the dyes used are ethically harvested, dried, and weighed (using some fresh material if available). You’ll receive a customized color guide to the best regional dye mushrooms and lichens and learn where to go for help with identification.

Working with Fiber – We will be working with wool and silk fiber. Yarn for class is pre-mordanted to allow ample time to focus on dyes, however we will discuss the steps for preparing the fibers for the dye bath. This includes scouring, mordanting, and  techniques to avoid felting wool.

Shibori demonstration – You will be guided through the steps to create an intricate arashi shibori inspired design. Each participant receives a blank scarf for practice.

Takeaways – You will take home a detailed recipe card showcasing the rainbow of samples dyed in class. You will also receive a detailed procedural handout, a customized guide to local dye fungi and a beautiful hand dyed scarf.

This workshop covers all aspects of getting started with mushroom and lichen dyes. You will leave class with the tools to carry on with your own exploration.

Class will be held in Rm 136 of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building at Humboldt State University

Hope to see you there!!
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