Saturday December 3rd – San Francisco – Mycopigments: Exploring Mushroom and Lichen Dyes of the Bay Area

Fungus Federation

Join me Saturday, December 3rd, from 10am to 4pm at the Flower Hall at Golden Gate Park, for an in-depth workshop, exploring the full spectrum of color that can be obtained from local wild fungi and lichens.



MSSF Members click here to receive a $20 discount on registration

General Public register here 

Regional Dye Palette Every region has its own palette of mushroom and lichen dyes.  This class takes an in-depth look at using local, wild fungi as sustainable, safe dye sources. 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 in this class are ethically harvested, dried, and weighed (we will be using some fresh material if available). Students will learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, habitats and ethical harvest. Participants 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 Participants will be guided through the steps to create an intricate arashi shibori inspired design. Each participant receives a blank scarf for practice.

Takeaways Students will take home a detailed recipe card showcasing the rainbow of samples dyed in class. The recipe card lists both the scientific and common names of the fungi and lichens used to make the dye, it also includes the ratios of fungus to fiber, any mordants used, and pH modifications required to achieve the colors.  Participants 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 and leaves the student with the tools to carry on with their own exploration.

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