Here’s a complete list of the workshops that will be offered at the Symposium. At the time of registration, participants selected their preferred workshops in order of priority. Traditionally, Symposium registrants learn of their workshop allocations when they arrive at the event, but we can say that everyone will be assigned to their first choice, and more than likely their second choice, too.
Daily Mushroom Dyepots
Discover the colours available from our West Coast fungi and learn the techniques of mushroom dyeing. Every registrant will go home with samples of all the colours obtained during the week, and a “potluck” session will be open on Saturday for those who want to dye their own fibre in the exhaust baths.
Basic Mushroom ID
Beginning mushroom enthusiasts will spend some time in a classroom, learning what to look for when identifying mushrooms. This will be followed by a forest foray, where they can find and identify West Coast fungi. Full day.
Instructor: Dr John Field
In this full-day outdoor workshop, the class will construct a basic shelter from materials found in the forest and learn the essentials of survival in the wilderness.
Instructor: Brian “Bushman” Lee
Learn to spin with the old tradition of drop spindling in this half-day workshop.
Instructor: Doreen MacLauchlan
You’ll leave this full-day workshop with a silk scarf on which you’ve felted mushroom-dyed fibre with your own artistic design.
Instructor: Ursula Bentz
Learn about the ancient First Nations tradition of weaving with bark from our Western red cedar. This full-day workshop will combine the basics of Coast Salish cedar-bark weaving with design elements of colour, texture and twined X’s. You will leave with your own small round or square basket.
Instructor: Jessica Silvey
Trametes versicolor grows in abundance in our rainforest. In this half-day workshop you’ll use these little polypores to make unique jewellery.
Instructor: Kerri Luciani
Eco-printing with Mushroom Dust
Some of our dye fungi have such strong pigments that their “dust” can be used to print designs on fabric. You’ll use this design element to create a unique silk scarf in this half-day workshop.
Instructor: Caitlinn ffrench
Chemistry of Mushroom Pigments
The main topic of the workshop is to demonstrate the use of simple available chemical tools to optimize the procedures of mordanting and dyeing to control the colour and washing fastness.
1. Environmentally friendly use of mordants.
2. Easy measuring of bath temperature and pH.
3. Control of dyebath pH by addition of acids and bases.
4. Wash-fastness of dyed textiles.
5. Fluorescense of mushroom pigments in UV light.
Instructor: Preben Sørensen
Stab a Mushroom to Life (Needle Felting)
Get a taste of the technique of needle felting. Transform soft, airy wool fibres into a curious mythical mushroom—so satisfying for its immediacy. No experience necessary. Half-day workshop
Instructor: Donna Goulette
Exploring Lichen Dyes
Lichens contain some of the most brilliant and magical dyes found in nature. Learn about lichen identification and the process of extracting colour from them in this half-day workshop.
Instructor: Alissa Allen