6:30 pm OMS Mushroom Identification Session
The identification session prior to the general meeting is open to the public. If you have found mushrooms that are in good condition, wrap them in waxed paper, aluminum foil, or a put them in a paper bag and bring them (with a spore print, if possible). Bring your field guide to reference the mushrooms that are on display.
7:15 pm – OMS General Meeting
7:30 pm – Speaker: Alissa Allen
Mushrooms for Dyes; Exploring the rainbow of color found in Pacific Northwest fungi.
Check out the full spectrum of permanent color that can be extracted from mushrooms found in the Pacific Northwest. This colorful slideshow will take you to the intersection of mycology and the visual arts. Learn about the history of mushroom dyeing, the process of extracting and applying dye to fiber, mushroom ecology, ethical harvest, and the best dye species of the region. Spring mushroom season is around the corner, learn which dye species to look for to enhance your overall mycological experience.
Alissa Allen is an amateur mycologist and the founder of Mycopigments. She specializes in teaching about regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to fiber artists and mushroom enthusiasts all over the continent. Alissa got her start in the Pacific Northwest and has been sharing her passion for mushrooms for over 15 years. She has written articles for her website as well as Fungi Magazine and Fibershed. In 2015 she created the Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United discussion group and The Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. These groups have grown into a community of over 6000 members. Alissa uses brilliant colors found in mushroom dyes to entice people to take a closer look at mushrooms and their relationship within the ecosystem. To read more about her work, visit http://mycopigments.com/.