The IMDI was created by Miriam C. Rice in 1985 to encourage the use of Fungal Pigments; to further research on their extraction and employment; to encourage research and cultivation of dye fungi; to financially assist artists and researchers to participate in the international symposia and exhibitions.

Back to where it all began - Mendocino County!

A workshop exploring the legacy of Miriam C. Rice's mushroom dyes... November 19-21, 2016


The 17th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium in CANADA!

Just one of the many mushroom dye classes at the 17th Symposium in B. C.

Many, many more photos and reports to come!

On October 17-22, 2016 The 17th International Fungi and Fibre Symposium was held in Madeira Park, Britsh Columbia, CANADA!   We enjoyed an incredible week of workshops, dyepots, forays, and camaraderie with others sharing our passion for mushroom dyeing & and all the fungal fibre arts!

Here is a wonderful video created by Lesley O'Keeffe of some of the many photo memories submitted by inspired attendees of the 17th International Fungi & Fibre Symposium! Enjoy!


One of many memorable highlights of the Sympoiusm was a wonderfully detailed lecture on dye chemistry presented Preben Graae Sørensen, sharing some of his research and recent experiments with the dye chemistry of Cortinarius semi-sanguineus. He has graciously allowed us to have a link to this exciting new material. See additional dye chemistry details here.



Proceeds from the sale of this video will benefit the travel grant program of the The International Mushroom Dye Institute (IMDI), to financially assist fiber/fungi artists and researchers to participate in
future International Fungi & Fibre Symposia.


Miriam C. Rice's amazing book,
"Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments
& Myco-Stix"

long out of print, has just been reprinted by the IMDI, and is now available to order directly from Fungi Perfecti


This "Mushrooms for Color" Website is sponsored by the International Mushroom Dye Institute (IMDI), founded by Miriam C. Rice in 1985 who believed that people throughout the world would benefit from exploring the full spectrum of color derived from mushrooms.

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