With Alissa Allen
$395 [Includes $90 lab fee] Class limit 16. Sep 28, 29 (Thu, Fri) 10am-4pm.
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 plants 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.
Alissa joins us from the USA.
Alissa Allen is an amateur mycologist and the founder of Mycopigments. As a dye instructor she specializes in presenting regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to communities all over North America. Her teaching style reaches out to novices while her knowledge keeps experienced mushroom hunters and fibre artists engaged. Alissa has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes for more than 12 years. She publishes regularly on her website (mycopigments.com) as well as on Fibershed and in Fungi Magazine. In addition to her educational programs, Alissa also moderates two active discussion groups: Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and The Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. She is dedicated to encouraging both the art and the science of achieving colour on fibre with mushrooms and lichens.