Mushroom Dye and Pigment Workshop with Julie Beeler


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Saturday November 12, 2022
9:00-2:30 Pacific

Fall is here and that means that mushroom dye season is starting!

Join us for an online workshop with Julie Beeler of Bloom and Dye and the Mushroom Color Atlas.

This online Mushroom Dye and Pigment Workshop with Julie Beeler will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2022 via Zoom. The workshop will be broken into two sessions, each approximately two hours in length. We will start at 9:00am Pacific Time and finish at 2:30pm Pacific Time. We will have an hour break for lunch.

You will get the most out of the workshop if you are prepared and follow along doing the steps with Julie while at home. If you find that style is too fast paced you can observe and then at your own leisure create your mushroom dyes and pigments. We will post a recording of the Zoom workshop and chat online that same day. It will remain up for you to access for 90 days. 

The workshop includes a materials kit. It will include 4 different dye mushrooms, pre-mordanted wool gauze fabric, supplies to make ‘lakes’ and use every last bit of color from your dye baths.

Postage is included in the kits for US students only and we will send the kits starting around October 17-24. We will contact international students with shipping information.

What you will receive in your kit

  • Mushrooms: 4 different dye mushrooms
  • Fiber: Premordanted wool gauze prepared for dyeing with mordants including alum, iron.
  • pH Strips: to measure pH changes with vinegar and soda ash.
  • We will also provide pigment supplies:
    • Alum 
    • Soda Ash
    • Coffee filters 

Please supply the following equipment

Below is a checklist of supplies to have readily available during the workshop along with all supplies provided in the kit. 

  • You will need access to water 
  • Stove top/heat element for cooking the dye baths 
  • 4 canning jars or 4 small pots–enough for each container to hold approx 1 liter (1 quart) of water
  • 1 large pot to fit the 4 canning jars or 4 small pots with water warmed up to 110F or 38C. *If you can please have this warmed up and on low before the workshop starts, that will be helpful. 
  • Towels to put in the bottom of the large pot if using the canning jars to make a double boiler which will keep the jars from cracking 
  • 2 bowls used to wet out fibers – 1 for alum mordanted fibers and the other for iron mordanted fibers
  • Stir sticks or spoons to be used in the dye baths 
  • Measuring scale such as a kitchen scale that measures in grams
  • 1 strainer 
  • Household distilled white vinegar (a quart bottle or 1 liter will be plenty for our workshop)
  • Mask to wear when working with dusts and powders to avoid any particulates getting into your lungs 
  • Protect your work surface with paper or plastic sheeting.
  • Apron and gloves to protect your clothes and hands
  • Optional to have a coffee or seed grinder that is 100% dedicated to your dye studio, should NEVER be used for food that you consume 

We are offering 2 partial scholarships for this workshop and encourage encourage BIPOC artists and other underrepresented individuals to apply. Please contact [email protected] for a link to the application. Recipients will be notified by October 5, 2022.

Zoom access

The Zoom link and password will be emailed to all registrants. Please make sure we have the correct email to receive this information.

Questions? Email [email protected] for any questions.

About Julie Beeler

Julie Beeler is a designer, artist and educator living at the base of a volcano in Trout Lake, WA. Growing up with a deep love and curiosity for the natural world, she conceived and launched Bloom & Dye along with the Mushroom Color Atlas to grow her work and passion to benefit what she values most: curiosity, education, creativity, collaboration, community, and the environment. For Julie, educating others on how plants, fungi and their colors reflect the beauty of nature is something she is moved to share as a way to inspire care, stewardship and impact. Her textile work is bound up in the landscape; every thread is infused with earthly energy as she gently simmers Mother Nature to unlock her colors. Drawing on cultural traditions and ancient natural dye histories, each textile object is a record of a place and time, reflecting our relationship to the natural world. For seven years she was on the faculty of Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland. When she is not out foraging you can find her tending to her flower farm, working in her art studio, or leading workshops. 

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