MediaLive Festival Workshop

Being that mushrooms and mycelium are both physically and culturally subterranean, this workshop aims to discuss the ways in which a healthier sustainable future can be reached via the magic of the mushroom.

Update 5/24/19

Hey there everyone! I am so so sorry I was not able to post this earlier. I sent all of my mushroom materials and notes to my home in Portland before I left Colorado and someone stole my package off of the porch. I am unable to post the pictures and examples of my own box and notebook but I can still give you some details about how to proceed with your own.

Drying your Mycelium

The official directions for working with the Ecovative Mycelium I gave you can he found here.

What you’re going to do is gently remove your mycelium form from the cardboard mold and remove the plastic bag without damaging the mycelium. Ecovative recommends that you let the form sit out for a day or two so it will form a protective outer layer and turn completely white.

Next you will preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and dry your mycelium for 30-60 minutes. Watch out for bending or deformation caused by all the water leaving! If you have a box try to fill the inside with rocks or pebbles to keep the walls from bending inward (beware of hot rocks when you remove your form please). The notebook forms can be kept flat with a glass cooking dish or brick. Make sure whatever you use is safe for the oven.

I found that my molds took longer than 30 minutes to dry out completely, but what the process is doing is killing the mycelium. When you remove it and let it cool the rest of the water will slowly leave eventually.

Making your Mycelium Useful

The box forms can be used as candle holders as they are flame-retardant or they can hold any objects you see fit to put in them, but also keep in mind that they should not be subject to prolonged contact with water. This will cause them to fall apart or it could reactivate any mycelium that was not killed in the oven.

The notebook form, once dried, can be cut in half with a knife to form two equal sized covers for a pocket sized book. The burlap that was provided should be cut so that it can wrap around the back and sides of the covers to make a book spine. For my book I folded the edges over to hide the fraying of the burlap and glued it (hot glue, super glue, or fabric glue will work). I would recommend sewing the pages of the book to the spine before gluing it to the covers, but the order of assembly is up to you. I used a saddle-stitch for my pages.

Thank you so much for your participation, good luck on your mycelium journeys and experiments!

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