I was delighted to have the opportunity to take a worksop on fabric printing with fungi dyes, held at the 2010 Fungi Fiber Symposium. The workshop was held by Anna Homs and translated by Nilia Bañares. I have dyed yarns and fabric with fungi dyes but didn’t know it was also possible to use the fungi pigment for fabric printing.
The polypore is cut into small pieces and then heated in a small pot of water.
Handcut Stamps were made using clay.
The polypore pigment solution is drained through a cloth.
The pigment is scraped from the cloth and put into a small plastic glass.
Add some alum and white glue to the pigment mix.
Apply some of the fungi dye pigment mixture to a stamp using a paint brush.
The fungi dye pigment can be used to paint or print onto paper, cloth or leather. Use a hair dryer to dry the pigment.
Cotton fabrics handprinted with fungi dyes.
Fungi Dye Symposium
International Fungi and Fiber Symposium 2012
The next IFFS will be held in Jaca, Spain on Oct 8 – Oct 15, 2012.
Mushroom Dye Books
All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms
A hip pocket guide to more than 200 edible and poisonous mushroom species, as well as recipes, stories, and information on uses of various species.
UK: All That the Rain Promises