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The 2023 Flagstaff Wool and Fiber Festival Presents Mushroom Dyeing for All! by Alissa Allen
Learn about the exciting world of mushroom and lichen dyeing from Alissa Allen of Mycopigments. Find out how you can incorporate mushroom and lichen dyes into your textile arts experience while expanding your understanding of the natural world.
On Sunday, June 4, 2023 Alissa will present at the Flagstaff Wool and Fiber Festival Demonstration Tent on the history of using fungi for dyes, how to test them for dye potential, and guide you through dyeing your own silk scarf. This hands-on demonstration is free and open to all.
About the Instructor
Alissa Allen is the founder of Mycopigments. She specializes in teaching about regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to fiber artists and mushroom enthusiasts all over the world. Alissa got her start in the Pacific Northwest and has been sharing her passion for mushrooms for over 20 years. She has written articles for Fungi Magazine and Fibershed, is published in Nature's Colorways: Conjuring the Chemistry and Culture of Natural Dyes, Long Thread Media, and her work with mushroom dyes is highlighted in True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments by Keith Recker, Thrums Publications. In 2015, Alissa created Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and the Mushroom Dyers Trading Post Facebook groups as a platform to mentor, connect, and facilitate discussion between her students and folks with less access to her classes. These groups along with her prolific workshop offerings and informational dye booths have brought together a vibrant community of over 30,000 members. Though her teachings are centered around regional fungal dye palettes, her overall mission is to inspire people to engage more deeply with nature. It is her hope that with engagement, commitment to care for our planet will grow exponentially.
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