Fort Bragg, California April 15-16, 2023 Hosted by the Mendocino Coast Mushroom Club and Pacific Textile Arts - Mushroom and Lichen Dyes of the Mendocino Coast with Alissa Allen
In this two-day workshop, we will explore the brilliant range of colorful mushroom and lichen dyes found on the Mendocino Coast. Using regionally available fungi and the latest extraction techniques, we will dye over 20 samples resulting in an extended rainbow of color.
We will explore surface design possibilities on silk using resist techniques and dye batches of color on various types of fiber to see how the dyes reveal themselves depending on the fiber used.
By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to confidently carry on with your own dye experimentation at home. You’ll have experience choosing fiber, maximizing the dye potential of local dye species, working with mordants and pH modifiers, making larger dye vats of commonly found species, and utilizing exhaust baths to achieve even more color variation.
You’ll take home samples and the recipes used in class, a compact guidebook that goes through all the steps for working with fungal dyes, and a color guide to the best dye species in the area. You’ll have an elegant mushroom-dyed silk scarf and enough mushroom-dyed fiber for a small project.