A video tribute to the Purple Earth Tongue

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Inspired by the Oregon Mushroom Stories project, artist Cynthia Star made this mesmerizing tribute to the endangered purple earth tongue mushroom. We are in love with Cynthia, and this video!

Fleshy, tawny, stewed with butter… Must be a mushroom out of history!

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Co-worker and friend Kate Carone has dug up 19th century Oregonian articles that mention or focus on mushrooms in the Multnomah County Public Library archives. We are combing through and will post excerpts from our favorites periodically. This is the second post in our series Mushroom Out of History.   September 15, 1895. By Mr. … Continue reading

A frilled, quilled collar, a mushroomy odor… Must be a mushroom out of history!

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Co-worker and friend Kate Carone has dug up 19th century Oregonian articles that mention or focus on mushrooms in the Multnomah County Public Library archives. We are combing through and will post excerpts from our favorites periodically. This is the first post in our series Mushroom Out of History.   October 17, 1898. Author unknown. … Continue reading

Emily Nachison’s Mushroom Sculptures: Melting Ink Caps and the Magic of the Forest

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Emily Nachison creates sculptures and installations that echo the natural world in a haunting and haunted way. She and her partner Michael Endo had a collaborative show at Bullseye Gallery in Northwest Portland in March and April, which included several of Emily’s astonishing cast glass mushroom sculptures set amid Michael’s derelict urban landscapes made from … Continue reading

Introducing Mush Babe!

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I designed this character after my dear friend Lola Milholland (director of our Oregon Mushroom Stories project) for her birthday in February. I tried to capture many of the things I adore about Lola: her love of pickles, old Japanese cartoons, playing soccer in a skirt, and her lifelong love of mushrooms. Gary of Container … Continue reading

Fluid sculpture – A way to present mycelia?

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Artist Charlie Bucket made this sculpture as a prototype for a “fluid dress” he showed at the 2009 Maker Faire in San Mateo, California. This sculpture is mesmerizing. We have begun thinking about ways to present mycelia in our sculptural installation this fall as part of the Oregon Mushroom Stories project. I thought this could … Continue reading

Doing the Mushwalk

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As a contribution to the Oregon Mushroom Stories, artist Corey Lunn made this looped animation of a golden chanterelle speed-walking along!

The Secret Sound of Spores, a musical installation

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Mycologists estimate that during its lifetime, a single mushroom will drop as many as 16 billion of its seed-like spores. You can capture these spores on paper if you take a spore print (instructions here), but in nature, the slightest wind carries the spores far and wide. In a breath-taking sound and art installation that … Continue reading

I’d like to die in a Mushroom Death Suit

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Artist Jae Rhim Lee has been working to create a Mushroom Death Suit. Yes, this is a suit that turns a corpse into living mushrooms. Specifically, these ninja-looking outfits have threads woven throughout that have been infused with very carefully selected mushroom spores suited to decompose bodies. An embalming fluid – to be released postmortem … Continue reading

“Are you really, seriously suggesting that Jesus Christ was a mushroom?”

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From an interview of John M. Allegro, author of The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross, found on the absolutely wonderful blog Paddestoelen Paradijs, out of a gallery in Amsterdam that is doing mushroom art projects. You can read Allegro’s writing on the subject in a series of articles for the London Sunday Mirror in 1970 … Continue reading

Histoire naturelle des champignons

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I recently came upon an extensive collection of historical drawings of fungi at the Biodiversity Library. Many of the illustrations come from 19th century French, British and American guidebooks. I got lost exploring them, and before I knew it, an hour had sneaked away. Among my favorites are various collections focused on lichen, those remarkable … Continue reading

How to and how not to take a spore print

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A big brown husky mushroom was growing in my backyard, and my boyfriend Corey decided to take a spore print. A spore print is one of the most reliable ways to identity a mushroom. When mushrooms open their gills, they release millions upon billions of seed-like spores. The spores are so tiny that we cannot … Continue reading

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