19th International Fungi & Fiber Symposium
Sunday, October 16
to Saturday, October 22, 2022
Port Townsend, WA, USA
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For everyone previously registered for the IFFS 2020 Symposium, we will be offering a pre-registration opening on January 20 and closing February 3. General public registration will open February 17. Information about how to register, terms and agreements, and other policies will be published closer to the registration dates. The price for the symposium, food, and lodging will range from $1,500 USD and $2,525 USD depending on choice of housing. All lodging is onsite with walking access to all Symposium events and classes. Prior to registration, we'll add lodging details on this website.
About the Symposium
Novices and experienced mushroom dyers alike will enjoy the camaraderie and community of a week-long conference with dyeing and crafting workshops, lectures, field trips, and unstructured craft time.
Forage for local dye mushrooms. Learn new dye techniques and innovative fiber crafts to showcase the radiant beauty of mushrooms for color. Admire the gallery of work from masterful artists who blend fungi with fiber. Purchase dye mushrooms, expertly dyed wool, undyed local fiber, and heirloom-quality mushroom-dyed handicrafts. Socialize with an international group of enthusiastic fungus and fiber crafters as we share and expand our collective knowledge, ensuring it is passed on to future generations.
History of the IFFS
Every two years, since the First International Mushroom Dye Exhibit in 1980, textile and fiber artists have gathered from all over the world to exhibit their mushroom dyed works of fiber art, exchange new ideas and teach workshops in dyes, paper-making and pigments made from fungi. These exhibits and symposia came to be known as the International Fungi and Fibre Symposia and are hosted by different groups of textile artists around the world, under the sponsorship of the International Fungi & Fibre Federation (IFFF). Read more here.
Classes and Programs
The IFFS 2022 team has planned an inspiring symposium rich with mushroom dye and fiber craft classes. Each morning, we will be treated to a group breakfast followed by your choice from an offering of dye and craft classes or a mushroom hunting foray. After lunch, there will be another offering of dye and craft classes to choose from, unstructured crafting and socializing, and time in the art gallery and boutique. After dinner, evenings will be time for more socializing, announcements and our main speaker. Check out the class schedule. Class Registration will begin in late May.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included in the Symposium fee and will be served in the Fort Worden Commons. Delicious meals are crafted from seasonal ingredients to reflect the Pacific Northwest.
Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, Washington, USA
Fort Worden was originally designed as a military base to defend the Puget Sound when most military conquests were carried out by sea. Today it's a state park that spans 2 miles of shoreline with historic buildings, walking trails, and views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and the San Juan Islands.
Located a couple of miles from historic downtown Port Townsend, shopping, restaurants, and sightseeing opportunities (and 2 yarn stores) are just minutes away.
We would like to acknowledge that this gathering will take place on the ancestral homelands of the S’Klallam people. This area has a rich history and continues to hold deep significance to many indigenous nations. As visitors, we are grateful for the opportunity to learn in and from this beautiful and precious land.
Port Townsend is a 2-3 hour car drive from Seattle or SeaTac (the International Airport). There are several routes you can take to get to Port Townsend - some use bridges and some use ferry boats, but all are beautiful. Daily public transportation is available from both SeaTac Airport and Seattle to Port Townsend. The simplest option is booking a seat on the Greyhound Bus, which leaves from Downtown Seattle twice each day.
More to see
The entire Seattle area is built around the Puget Sound, a salt water inlet from the Pacific Ocean, with many islands and peninsulas. We highly recommend planning several days before or after the Symposium to explore the fungi rich forests of Mount Rainier, the coastal forests of the Olympic Peninsula, windswept Whidbey Island, or any of the beautiful San Juan Islands, which are known for whale watching. You will be visiting at the height of mushroom season.
Brought to you by...
Alissa Allen (left)
Alissa is the founder of Mycopigments, and has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes and collaborating with other dyers for over 15 years. She has written articles for the Fibershed blog, Fungi Magazine, and her website, and created two active discussion groups: Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and the Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. She is dedicated to furthering the art and science of dyeing through community engagement, open discussion, and friendly encouragement. Her focus is studying regional mycoflora and using their colorful dyes to entice people to pay closer attention to the role fungi play in our lives. Follow her at @mycopigments.
Tess Barlow (right)
Tess' lifelong passion for crafting and fiber arts combined perfectly with her studies in mycology when she learned that mushrooms could produce dyes. Inspired by Alissa Allen's enthusiasm at the local mushroom club, Tess has been experimenting with dyes from fungi for about 10 years. After attending her first IFFS in Norway in 2018, she is thrilled to join our team in developing a dynamic agenda of dye and craft classes that convey the unparalleled beauty of mushroom dyes. Beyond fiber arts, Tess keeps busy caring for her 3 enthusiastic children. Follow Tess @hericium2.0
Julie is a designer, artist, and educator living at the base of a volcano in Trout Lake, WA where she forages for mushrooms and runs her fresh-cut color flower farm, Bloom & Dye. She conceived and launched 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. She is a member of the Oregon Mycological Society and has been experimenting with the unpredictability of mushroom dyes since discovering Miriam Rice’s out of print book Mushrooms for Color. At her first IFFS in Norway in 2018 she met Alissa and Tess and is excited to be a member of the planning committee. Follow Julie @mushroomcoloratlas @unidola and @bloomanddye.
Kristi is a nature enthusiast and artist who lives and works in Seattle, WA. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest allowed her to explore Washington and Oregon’s forests and beaches from a young age, prompting her to fall in love with the fungi, plants and animals that make up the region’s unique ecosystem. Being exposed to fiber arts by her mother at a young age, Kristi decided to formally explore her passion for the field by getting her undergraduate degree in fiber studies and drawing. Her dye practice supports her work as a naturalist and steward of the natural environment in which she lives. She has been fanatically dyeing with fungi and lichens since finding her first dyer’s polypore and experiencing the thrill of seeing it transform yarn into a rich golden hue. She uses her passions for foraging and dyeing to help create a narrative in her work which focuses on sustainable artistic practices and active care of the natural environment. She is incredibly excited to be a member of the 2022 IFFS planning committee and is eager to continue her journey of exploration in this craft. Follow Kristi on Instagram @kristinmonahan.
Anna is a software designer, gardener, mushroom hunter and textile lover living on the coast of Northern California. She loves getting lost in the woods with her dog, Beatrix.