Tuesday, September 12th- 7:30PM
Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Come early and bring any mushrooms you want identified!
It has been nearly 50 years since the first publication on using wild mushrooms to produce dyes for textiles. What started as a curious discovery by a natural dyer caught like wildfire through the 1970’s but then smoldered for another 20 years… until the dawn of social media. Alissa Allen will take us on a journey through the past, present and future of mushroom dyeing. She is an avowed mushroom missionary, spreading enthusiasm for mycology by enticing unsuspecting fiber enthusiasts to the darkest corners of the forest, in quest for color. On this journey, curious adventurers can’t help but be enchanted by the colorful and charismatic fungi along the way, and become entangled in the web of mycology. You will see magical transformation of color born from seemingly mundane mushrooms and learn new ways to illuminate the hidden spectrum found in your own fungal wonderland. Whether you are a fiber artist, a forager or a citizen scientist, mushroom dyes can work for you.
Alissa Allen is an amateur mycologist and the founder of Mycopigments. She specializes in teaching about regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to fiber artists and mushroom enthusiasts all over the country. Alissa got her start right here at PSMS in 1999 and has been sharing her passion for mushrooms for over 15 years. She has written articles for her website as well as Fungi Magazine and Fibershed. In 2015 she created the Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United discussion group and The Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. These groups have grown into a community of over 5000 members. Alissa uses brilliant colors found in mushroom dyes to entice people to take a closer look at mushrooms and their relationship within the ecosystem. To read more about her work, visit http://mycopigments.com.
by Kim Traverse, PSMS President
Lichen study might pass for exoteric if it weren’t that lichens are almost everywhere- on the sidewalks and streets we use daily, on the walls and trunks of trees that we walk past, clinging to the branches of those trees and on shrubs. From the shore to the top of mountain peaks, lichens coat the rocks and sometimes cover the ground. They are part of every ecosystem except the deep sea and can live in the harshest places on the planet- the driest, the coldest, the hottest- at least one grows underwater.
Don’t forget to check out the Union Bay Natural Area just behind The Center for Urban Horticulture, also known as the Montlake Fill. A great place for a stroll with the family, make sure to bring your binoculars as it is one of Seattle’s best birding hotspots.
For more info check out their website, Union Bay Natural Area
by Brady Raymond
photos by Daniel Winkler
The Bridle Trails Survey is underway and shaping up to be a unique opportunity, not only to hone your mushroom identification skills, but also to participate in a bit of citizen science to better understand our region’s funga. The two main goals for this project are to hopefully christen the next generation of mushroom identifiers and to preserve specimens for the herbarium.
A lot of work has to be done before this project can fully take flight, this includes creating a custom voucher sheet for the study as well as a system for filing of specimens. Linking all the data to specimen photographs and making it available online needs to be figured out as well. Creating a curriculum and a way of testing knowledge is also important in churning out the next generation of identifiers.
Exploring Psilocybin as a Tool for Modern Psychology and Medicine
Tuesday February 7th, Center for Urban Horticulture 7:30 PM
Research on psychedelics as an aid in the treatment of mood and substance use disorders has generated renewed interest over the past decade. Recent pilot studies have shown safety and feasibility of psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic found in some mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe, as a therapeutic tool in the treatment of depression, end-of-life anxiety, alcohol, and tobacco use disorders. Moreover, data suggest a notable effect of psychedelics in occasioning profound and lasting changes in mood, behaviors, and attitudes consistent with enhanced health and well-being. Despite these compelling findings, the mechanisms of action of psychedelic-facilitated treatments remain poorly understood. Preliminary evidence indicates that spiritual and mystical-type drug effects are associated with positive outcomes in psilocybin-facilitated treatments, consistent with early researchers’ observations that the subjective effects of psychedelics play a pivotal role in mediating ongoing benefits. This discussion will present an overview of contemporary research with psilocybin, with a focus on the work conducted since 2000 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D. is a member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he studies the effects of psychedelic drugs in humans with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction. He received his doctorate in psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA where he researched self-transcendence, meditation, and altered states of consciousness.
There is still space left in both “Introduction to Mushrooming”
classes, Sat Dec 3 and Sun Dec 4! Learn about ecology, ID, edible and poisonous
lookalikes, taste some wild mushroom dishes and take home a cultivation
We won’t able to offer another one for a while, so get in while
you can! Go to www.psms.org and click on Events
for all of the details and to sign
You must be a PSMS member to guarantee a spot in the class.
Our 2016 Annual Fall Wild Mushroom Exhibit will be on October 29th and 30th. For the second year the show will be held in the cafeteria at Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle, Bellevue, WA 98007. This location is a large venue for our event, abundant free parking, and all of the exhibit is under one roof on one level! Bellevue College is close to and is easily accessible from I-90 and does not require a toll going over the I-90 Bridge from Seattle. It is also well serviced by Metro for people who prefer to ride the bus.
The exhibit will be open to the public on:
Saturday, Oct 29th: Noon – 7PM
Sunday, Oct 30th: 10AM – 5PM.
Admission fees for this event are:
Full time students (with IDs): $5
Children 12 and under: free.
Tickets will be pre-sold online on our website at http://www.psms.org starting Oct 1st.
Make it a fun filled family outing and don’t forget to check out the Union Bay Natural Area while you’re there, an urban birding paradise. Located just south of The Center for Urban Horticulture, make sure to bring your binoculars for the chance to see some not so average Seattle birds.
More info at: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/research/ubna.shtml
Or search online, also known as the Montlake Fill.
by Brady Raymond
They’re Here! I’m happy to report, as some of you probably already know the 2016 Morel season is on. The wife and I headed out April 17th on Highway 2 with the hopes of finding morels. We knew we were taking a chance, heading over Stevens Pass and hanging around 2100ft. in elevation. The temperature seemed right, and we had loads of snow this winter, which means moisture levels had to be at least better than last year, our moral for morels was indeed high. Continue reading