Greetings, Fungi and Fibre Enthusiasts!
We are happy to invite you to Washington State for a week long symposium entirely dedicated to mushroom and lichen dyeing. The 19th International Fungi and Fibre Symposium will be held in the historic town of Port Townsend, WA from October 19th – 25th, 2020!
Immerse yourself in the colorful world of mushroom and lichen dyes!
Novices and experienced mushroom dyers alike will enjoy the comradery and community of a week-long conference with dye and craft workshops, lectures, field trips, and unstructured craft time.
At the Fungus and Fibre Symposium, we’ll:
-Forage for local dye mushrooms on daily foray outings.
-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.
Online registration will open January 2, 2020 – more info coming soon.
The price for the symposium, food, and lodging will be $1,250 – $1,600 USD depending on choice of housing. All lodging is onsite with walking access to all Symposium events and classes. When the time comes, we’ll send out specific lodging options, but as an example, you will be able to choose either a single bed private dorm room or a bedroom in a shared house. (Please wait to register for lodging).
Classes and Programs:
The IFFS 2020 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 an offering of dye and craft classes as well as a mushroom hunting foray. After lunch, there will be another offering of dye and craft classes followed by short speakers, social hour, and time in the gallery and boutique. After dinner, evenings will be time for more socializing, announcements and our main speaker. As the Symposium date approaches, we’ll release the final class schedule. Registered attendees will choose their top 5 wish list classes and the IFFS 2020 team will create their ideal schedule.
After carefully considering several locations with the comfort of IFFS attendees in mind, we chose the accommodations at Fort Worden Historical State Park, a retired US Army fort built in the early 1900’s. Fort Worden will accommodate over 100 IFFS attendees, allowing enough space for newcomers so we can grow this international community and pass on the knowledge we share of fungi and fibre.
Port Townsend, WA is a vibrant seaport with shops, cafes and entertainment. There is hourly bus service from Fort Worden into town throughout the day.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included in the Symposium fee and will be served in the Fort Worden common cafeteria, Reveille. Delicious meals are crafted from seasonal ingredients to reflect the Pacific Northwest.
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. If your schedule allows, 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 and may want to explore the forests. We will put together a few trip itineraries in different areas to give you some ideas, more info coming soon.
We are excited to host the 2020 Symposium. Enjoy this mushroom season and we hope to see you in Port Townsend next year!
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IFFS 2020 team
Alissa, Tess, and Teddy
Main IFFS 2020 website: http://mycopigments.org/2020iffs/