Bay Area – Moss Beach – Exploring Wild Mushroom and Lichen Dyes of California

January 25-27: A three part modular workshop – take one or all three

Day one is Sold Out

Day One: Field Study

January 25th 10am – 2pm 

Includes field kit and 3 page color guide to best dye species

Take a slow walk through nearby coastal habitat to observe lichens and fungi in their natural habitats; getting a  deeper, hands-on understanding of the role lichens and fungi play in ecology.  We’ll discuss the difference between collecting specimens for identification, and for dyeing and dye testing.  The practical aspects of this module will be learning to observe and discuss fungal features, performing chemical spot tests on lichens,  and taking field notes of our finds. This will prepare you to forage for dye species on your own.  Picnic time is included and everyone is encouraged to bring food and snacks to share.chemical spot tests on lichens and take field notes of our finds. We will discuss the difference between collecting specimens for identification, and for dyeing and dye testing. Picnic time is included and everyone is encouraged to bring food and snacks to share.

Day Two: Regional Dye Palette

January 26th 10am – 4pm 
Includes pH papers, silk scarf, field kit, recipes, color guide and instructional  handout

Spend a day in beautiful Moss Beach exploring the regional fungi of California. Using a selection of fresh and dried dye fungi,  we will dye a rainbow of samples. We will discuss the special techniques required for optimal results with each fungal pigment group. We will also have a few pots of the most common dye species for dyeing silk scarves. All supplies are provided for this workshop.

Participants receive a 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.

Day Three: Maximizing Dye Potential

January 27th 10am – 4pm 
Includes silk scarf, 3-page field guide, and instructional handout

Day three will be dedicated to working with the top 4 most common local dye species, and using up the exhaust baths from our rainbow sample colors from day two. We will explore the many ways to get saturated color, extend the dye bath and achieve multicolor dyes on wool. Bring 6 oz of your own wool yarn divided into labeled 1oz skeins. Students signed up for Saturday will have the opportunity to pre-mordant overnight in the studio.  Sunday only students will need to pre-mordant 3 of their 6 skeins prior to class. 

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