An Exploration of Pacific Northwest Mushroom and Lichen Dyes
Date: March 24th or March 25th, 2018 10AM to 4PM
Location: Thicket 4933 NE 23rd ave PDX
Regional Dye Palette
Every region has its own palette of mushroom and lichen dyes. This class takes an in-depth look at using local, wild fungi as sustainable, safe dye sources. Starting with 10-12 different species, with the addition of safe mordants and pH modifiers, we will end up with about 20 colors in all.
All of the dyes used are ethically harvested, dried, and weighed (using some fresh material if available). Students learn about mushroom safety, identification basics, habitats and ethical harvest. Participants receive a customized color guide to the best regional dye mushrooms and lichens and learn where to go for help with identification.
Working with Fiber
We will be working with wool and silk fiber. Yarn for class is pre-mordanted to allow ample time to focus on dyes, however we will discuss the steps for preparing the fibers for the dye bath. This includes scouring, mordanting, and techniques to avoid felting wool.
Participants will be guided through the steps to create an intricate arashi shibori inspired design. Each participant receives a blank scarf for practice.
Students will take home a detailed recipe card showcasing the rainbow of samples dyed in class. The recipe card lists both the scientific and common names of the fungi and lichens used to make the dye, it also includes the ratios of fungus to fiber, any mordants used, and pH modifications required to achieve the colors. Participants receive a procedural handout, a customized guide to local dye fungi and a beautiful hand dyed scarf. This workshop covers all aspects of getting started with mushroom and lichen dyes and leaves the student with the tools to carry on with their own exploration.
Alissa Allenis 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 continent. Alissa got her start in the Pacific Northwest 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 6000 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/.
Create a plan for your yard using permaculture design principles. A series of 6 collaborative work sessions will guide you through the design process, plant selection, budgeting and making a plan of action. Starting with a look at the flow of energy, water and nutrients in our household ‘systems’, we’ll chart a path towards a more efficient, useful, beautiful and realistic yard for you. This class will build on what you already know and draw on Mulysa’s extensive experience designing, building and maintaining urban homesteads. You’ll leave with a plan for your yard!
Dates: 6 sessions, Wednesday evenings, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Thicket 4933 NE 23rd Ave || Alberta Arts
Cost: $480 || Sign up with a friend or partner for $680 total! || Work trade and sliding scale available.
Space is limited to 12 students.
“Bonsai presentation and sale with Lucy Davenport from Bonsai Akira
My belief is that no garden should be without the charm of plants in miniature. They speak to us deeply of nature and our connection to it, in the voices of trees, mirroring the harmony of nature in a scale that is intimate. ” – Lucy Davenport
Please call to reserve your spot
Learn more about Bonsai Akira here: www.bonsaiakira.com
Join us Tuesday, June 13th from 5-7 pm at thicket for a trunk show with the gals from Moxie and Moss https://moxieandmoss.com/ Try on and order the brand new Maven pant designed by women for women: The Maven is made for a hard day of work or a foray in the city and can handle just about any activity, from construction work to throwing ceramics in the studio.
The Cone denim sourced in North Carolina features moveable, yet hard-wearing, comfort.
Double panel thigh and knee reinforcements will take years of punishment.
Reinforced stitching on the inner thigh and contoured waist are specifically designed for female users.
The numerous functional pockets are perfect for active women.
Slim-fit styling enhances a wide range of body types, offering a fashion-forward silhouette.
April 23rd “Bonsai for beginners” or “how not to kill your bonsai”. Local legend Larry Shapiro will lead us through the basics of bonsai care and probably have a few off color jokes for us as well. This free class will be held at thicket from 6 to 7PM. Please register in person or via phone or email as seating is limited.
Stay tuned for more summer workshops at thicket!
Seasonal Wreath making
Guided nature walk with foraging tips
Air plant terrarium
Macrame plant hangers
Sew your own garden apron
Herbal infusions for cooking
Herbal body care products
Beers bees and blooms
Smart phone nature photography
Alberta Street Easter Egg Hunt!
Thicket is joining Candy Babel, Green Bean Books and Umpqua Bank to sponsor the third annual Alberta Street Easter egg hunt.
We’ll be hosting the hunt for teens and tweens. The morning hunt for little kids will be held at Green Bean Books.
In the evening, we will have two egg hunts here at Thicket for older kids complete with glow in the dark eggs and a very special bunny visitor.
Ages 9-14 at 6:30pm Ages 14-20 at 7:30pm
Morning hunt at Green Bean Books:
Ages 0-4 at 11 AM Ages 5-9 at 12PM
11:30am between the hunts, there will be an Easter story book reading and you’ll even get to meet a real bunny rabbit and bunny expert! You can craft your very own baby chick mask to wear home.
An Egg Race will follow the hunt.
Cost of event is Free but registration is required.
Call 503-954-2354 to register for the little people morning hunts
Call (503) 926-3817 to register for the bigger people evening hunts.
MAY 16TH 2015 – WATERCOLOR JOURNALING
With Jenna Lechner
$30 – two hour class 11:00 to 1:00
Call us at 503-318-0049 or stop by
Learn the art of watercolor journaling with Thicket as your muse. This class will cover the basics of working with the unique water medium, as well as observational drawing. We’ll discuss a variety of techniques, including wet-in-wet, how to combine watercolor with ink drawings, color theory, and how to pick a good color palette. This is a beginning to intermediate class, ideal for someone who already has a little familiarity with drawing, and perhaps painting, but who would like to know more.
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Location: Meeting at Collage on 17th and Alberta then walking down to thicket for inspiration.
Handmade Garden Projects with author Lorene Edwards Forkner
May 5th 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
We are so lucky to have author and avid gardener, Lorene Edwards Forkner joining us for a show and tell of projects from her book “Handmade Garden Projects” We will have several demonstrations and then Lorene will be available for a round of Q and A’s. She is such a wealth of information and inspiration. Come join us!
Wire plant supports
Galvanized gutter with succulents
Flame-free canning jar lanterns
Hairpin fencing Chandeliers
Lorene revels in the seasonal pleasures and broad scope of gardening life in the Pacific Northwest affords. Lorene is editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine, a quarterly journal for passionate gardeners and curious naturalists interested in exploring where gardening and horticulture on the West Coast intersect with real life, design and the environment. Lorene is the author of 5 garden titles including the bestselling Handmade Garden Projects (Timber Press, 2011), and the newly released Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about West Coast gardens and the beautiful, fruitful, and innovative landscapes of our region.
Woodland floral design with Francoise Weeks
April 29 – 5:00 to 7:00
$60 – includes all flora and supplies – you get to take home your own creation!
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Be inspired by the botanical treasures of the Pacific Northwest! Begin this textural arrangement with lichen-covered branches and moss. Mix in lush foliage and succulents, ferns and mushrooms, fragrant herbs and small bulb plants, such as crocus, muscari and mini daffodils. Later, replant the bulbs in the garden or containers and enjoy them year after year. Gather ideas to express your creativity and learn to work with natural materials found in your own garden!
Urban Transformations—from bare lot to flourishing business
What if you could turn a derelict lot into a thriving community garden store? Thicket has done just that. In the same way, TogetherFarm is taking thrown out plastic and turning it into beautiful garden boxes for the urban gardener. These are urban transformations. Join Thicket and TogetherFarm for a tour of what used to be a barren gravel lot but is now thriving business with botanical curiosities, vintage finds, and modern craft to inspire life lived in the garden. Get an insider’s look at what it takes to create an urban transformation and bring beauty and benefit to a neighborhood. Walk away with inspiration and a small item to start an urban transformation of your own!