Submitted by Naomi Macione.
Julie Beeler is a scientist, a forager, a very precise technician, a teacher, and a talented fabric artist. She lives up in Washington State, near Trout Lake, and can often be found out in the wilderness with her beautiful mushroom basket, and sweet dog by her side seeking out the very mundane, and very exotic mushrooms nearby, to attain the perfect fabric dyes. She appears as comfortable in her home working on her projects, as she does when foraging in Gifford Pinchot National Forest up near Mt. Adams.
This button below provides a very informative article from Oregon Public Broadcasting, along with a short captivating video that allows you to wander along with Julie out in the woods and experience her passion and excitement about her work. She provides very clear demonstrations of her technique, and the creation of liquid ink dyes, dry pigments, and watercolors. She shows the impact of the dyes on a variety of fabrics and provides an accessible and unique type of color wheel: A Chromatic Guide to the Fungi Kingdom.
My ten-year-old grand-daughter was as interested in the film, as were my adult family members. Julie’s textile pieces often depict landscapes above and below ground. They are extremely lovely and are hand-dyed, hand-stitched, appliqued, and embroidered.
I look forward to hearing your responses. Enjoy!