This past weekend, I attended a Mushroom Workshop on Cortes Island facilitated by Brigid Weller. It was such a wonderful day – blue skies and great company!!! We all took a walk around the Smelt Bay area in the woods together and found many varieties and colours of the Round button mushrooms.
We learned how to cook the edible ones, and which ones are poisonous in our region, and we also learned that we can make paper out of mushrooms, that leather is being made from them in Eastern Europe and – my favorite take-away of the day – which mushrooms can be used to naturally dye fabric.
The photo above is of an edible mushroom found on Cortes Island, and below are photos of paper and leather (which does not do well in the rain, btw) and of some of the beautiful colours you can turn hand-spun and naturally-dyed wool! All works are by Brigid Weller who graciously shared an abundance of info with us all!!!
Rhonda is the 4th installation of 13 from The Other-Side presents That Wall art project. Each installation is unique in its own way and features art on both sides, as well as their own song on a soundtrack that was created to make them all come alive.
Rhonda is always well-intentioned, whether it is offering her shoulder to lean on or bringing out a smile on a gloomy day, she will be happy to help; but don’t talk behind her back or she will spear you in the blink of an eye! Rhonda is crafted from a one-of-a-kind polymer clay. Her dreadlocks are made of wool that was naturally dyed with Lilac, her jacket was constructed from repurposed fur that was gifted to me by a friend and the mini muff for her hands is made from leather twine. Her pants are made from a print I sourced from my personal collection of fashion magazines. The other side of her piece is my interpretation of graffiti art which I created using spray paint, acrylic paint and collage.
Each installation is for sale and comes with its soundtrack. In order to experience the full effect of the installation, please check out the music video below which will take you on a journey through the full show. You can also read the stellar review the show garnered for a deeper insight into the experience!!! Feel free to share and please, contact me for more info such as availability and pricing.
To read the review from the Cortes Island Tideline, please click here
Photos by David Molyneaux