Foray

The 2014 MSA Foray will take place on June 8th at Waterloo Recreation Area, a state park that boasts 20,000 acres of diverse natural areas and geological formations near Chelsea, Michigan (between Ann Arbor and East Lansing). The foray will center around the Eddy Discovery Center, which focuses its exhibits on the local geology.  Fifteen miles of trails branch out from the center accessing a forested wetland, a bog with carnivorous plants, woodlands in various stages of succession, a mature oak-hickory forest and hilly trails with views of the numerous local lakes. Visit the website and examine links under “things to explore” in the center of the page.

The bus will depart the Kellogg center at 8:30AM and will return about 3:00.  A bag lunch will be provided.

Mushroom Dye Workshop with Alissa Allen of Mycopigments.com

Due to low enrollment, the Dye Workshop has been cancelled. For further information, including refunds, please contact Gerry Adams (gadams3@unl.edu).

Many wild mushrooms contain permanent, intensely colored dyes. In this workshop, you will learn the simple steps for extracting the color rich pigments found in wild mushrooms and using them to dye wool and silk. In addition to learning the best fungi to use you will learn about habitats and the features to look at to help you identify what you find.  Everyone receives an informative handout that details the entire dye process, so the results can be replicated at home. At the end of the class you will have a beautiful sample card including a rainbow of mushroom and lichen dyed yarn and the recipes used to achieve the colors.

Instructor bio

Alissa Allen has been experimenting with mushroom derived pigments for 15 years. Raised by a forager in the Pacific Northwest, she has been a student of the natural world her entire life. For the past two years she has been travelling around the US, studying regional habitats and sharing local mushroom dye palettes with fungophiles and fiber artists alike. Mushroom identification is her primary passion, but Mycopigments are her obsession. In addition using mushrooms to dye wool and silk, she is currently exploring lichen dyes and mushroom pigments for paint. You can read more on her website http://mycopigments.com/