I was given this mushroom by my friend Siri who lives in Montana. I had never worked with nor come across it in my forests which was strange because our forests are very similar. Much to my surprise a couple weeks after I got this from Siri I found it in my forest. It had been there all along and eluded me. I experimented around with this mushroom and used a 2:1 ratio as it was very delicate and light when dried. The acidic dye bath produced a range of golden yellow, orange and brown but the pigment was a real surprise! The range of colors and responsiveness to the modifiers was stunning.
I was so lucky to stumble upon Siri Larsen’s instagram account years ago and have been an avid follower of all her work with mushroom dyes and pigments, her fabulous knitted creations and her lovely life in Montana. We became Instagram friends and finally the stars aligned when we had a chance to meet in person at the 19th International Fungi & Fiber Symposium in Port Townsend, WA. She graciously agreed to teach her sock blank bundling technique. It was such a joy and pleasure to spend the week with Siri and other fungi and fiber lovers. We had an amazing week together and she gifted me an entire jar of Pyncoporellus alboluteus along with a cute mushroom drawstring bag. I welcomed this new mushroom into my studio and immediately began working with it as a dye and a few weeks later I found some in my own forest. I am grateful for all that Siri has shared over the years of friendship and look forward to spending more time together around the mushroom dye pot.