Video From Live FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Mushrooms + Textile Design With Ximena Curiel

Last week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY, we welcomed Ximena Curiel who told us a personal story about her path as an artist and all about her exciting work with mushrooms and textile design!

Ximena Curiel is a Product designer with a MSc in Biomimicry currently performing field and laboratory research on fungal pigments. Ximena says since she was young, “she experienced the kindness of nature, while growing up in the jungles of southeast Mexico.” From first hand observations, she’s watched how ecosystems have degraded while her love for all living things lead her to nurture connections between biology and design. She says she thinks not only about bio-materials but also how to design companies that could work collaboratively like a forest or a mangrove. She calls herself a “Biopreneur” who in addition to creating holistic systems, manufactures bio-based inks for fabric printing.

Check out her Instagram page here.

Watch the recording below.

Interested in exploring mushrooms? Here’s a few things we sell to make you go a little deeper:

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer’s Field Guide

Mushroom Color Atlas and Dye Marks


If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.

We even have our own theme song thanks to musician Jimmie Snider (click here to hear more of his music including a new song called Looking Out The Window)!