When my husband and I knew we’d be moving to BC’s Sunshine Coast and building a home in the middle of a rainforest, I decided it was time to learn about mushrooms – like so many people, I’d been conditioned to just stay away from fungi because they were so deadly. So I took some courses and obtained some reliable reference books, and now I look forward to each year’s rainy season and the fascinating wonders it brings.
Somewhere along the way, I heard about the International Fungi & Fibre Symposium. When I learned it would be held in Mendocino, California, in January of 2008, I knew I had to go. And I’m so glad I did: not only did I spend a week surrounded by people who were just as crazy about mushroom dyeing as I was, I learned more about the whole subject than I ever thought possible. Autumn is now a time for searching, gathering, and experimenting, and I’m getting some wondrous results (you might even say I’m obsessed. I’ll share what I’m learning through this blog.
In the fall of 2016, shortly before the Symposium began, I was interviewed by Sheryl MacKay of CBC’s North by Northwest. You can listen to the podcast here—my interview starts at around 17 minutes in.
ArtsQuest.ca made a video of my studio during a visit in 2014—go to the bottom of their page for the video, and watch for a fleeting glimpse of Rica, our speed-demon Border Collie!