Celebrating Regional Dye Palettes: Exploring Wild Mushrooms and Lichens for Dyes

Learn foraging concepts, identification principles, and ethical harvest practices and then produce a range of vibrant dyes from mushrooms and lichens expert Alissa Allen of Mycopigments.


Sat, May 18, 2024

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT


Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Port Angeles, WA 98362

United States


Celebrating Regional Dye Palettes: Exploring Wild Mushrooms and Lichens for Dyes Instructor: Alissa Allen (www.mycopigments.com) Saturday, May 18th | 10am-3pm (with 1 hour break for lunch- food not included) Cost: PAFAC Member $155 ($130 class fee + $25 materials fee) General $165 ($140 class fee + $25 materials fee) Join Alissa Allen of Mycopigments as she takes us on a visual tour of the vibrant wild dye-producing mushrooms and lichens found on the Olympic Peninsula. This presentation introduces the concepts of foraging for color, including identification principles, ethical harvest practices, and citizen science. She’ll detail the process from start to finish showcasing species that can be found in the region. After her presentation, Alissa will facilitate a hands-on demonstration. Using a selection of locally abundant dye species. Participants will produce a wide range of vibrant colors on wool yarn that will then be arranged for a personal display. In addition to the colorful dyed samples, participants will take home Alissa's comprehensive booklet, which includes a guide to the best local dye species. This workshop offers a solid foundation for students to continue their mushroom and lichen dye journey. About the instructor: Alissa Allen is a mycologist and textile artist based in Washington state and the founder of Mycopigments (2012). She is widely known for sharing her love for mushroom and lichen dyes through her in-person workshops and international public outreach platform, Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United. Alissa is committed to advancing the art, science, and craft of mushroom and lichen dyeing as means of forging bonds between individuals and the places they love. Her workshops are designed to be accessible to individuals of all skill levels, providing a solid foundation for beginners while emphasizing the significance of curiosity and experimentation for all in their journey of discovery.

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