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. 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!