Mycology and Mushroom Dyeing

Alissa Allen is a mycologist who specializes in presenting regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes to communities all over the country. Alissa has been sharing her passion for mushroom and lichen dyes and collaborating with other dyers for over 15 years. She has written articles for, the Fibershed blog and Fungimagazine, and created two active discussion groups: Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United and the Mushroom Dyers Trading Post. She is dedicated to furthering the art and science of mushroom and lichen dyeing through community engagement, open discussion, and friendly encouragement. Her focus is studying regional mycoflora and utilizing the colorful dyes to entice people to pay closer attention to the role fungi play in our lives.


Curated Cuisine by Salt Water Farm

Annemarie Ahearn lives on the coast of Maine with her husband, daughter and two Australian Shepherds. After attending culinary school and working in the food industry for a decade in New York City, she headed North to build a life and a business on her family’s farm in Lincolnville, Maine. In 2009, Annemarie moved to Maine to build a recreational cooking school, with the help of her family.  Salt Water Farm is the culmination of her experience in the food industry, her culinary travels, and a deep appreciation for traditional methods of cooking locally sourced ingredients.  Through the school, Annemarie shares the pleasures that come from sowing, growing, preserving, foraging, brewing, stewing as well as eating locally raised and farmed dishes. Annemarie is the author of Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm.


Embroidery and Maine sampler history

Annie Coggan received her Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College in Vermont and her Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles CA. She currently is on the faculty at Pratt Institute, The School of Visual Arts and Parsons/The New School. Her work has been exhibited at A D/B Project Space (Brooklyn), Gestarc Gallery (Brooklyn), Barbara Toll Fine Arts (Manhattan), the Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn), Mississippi State CAAD Visual Arts Center, Hartford School of Art and Jackson State University. She has been featured in Furniture A+D, Journal of Architectural Education, design*sponge and Remodelista, as well being contributing editor for the literary journal A Public Space, and a book reviewer for The Center for Architecture and Interiors Journal.  Coggan runs a parallel practice of visual scholarship focusing on fabricating furniture as a mechanism for storytelling and experimental textiles as soft construction within a historical context.



In a post-and-beam farmhouse built in the 1800s, you’ll find the Swan’s Island team of dedicated craftspeople operating handlooms, dyeing and skeining yarn, and meticulously finishing each handcrafted blanket and accessory. The fiber used is domestically grown and spun in American mills. The Northport farmhouse has been the home of their manufacturing, the site of their dyehouse and weaving studio in addition to a showroom and shop.

We are so thrilled to be collaborating with this legendary company who will lead us on a special tour and dye class led by master dyer Tony Vinci.


Textile Retreat Host

Jordana Munk Martin, MFA RISD 2001, is the founder of TATTER, an organization dedicated to the examination and celebration of the essential role of cloth in human life, and its corresponding research library, BLUE. She is the former Board President of the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, as well as the founder of its Artist in Residence program. Most recently, Jordana published a book entitled Material Cultures, in conjunction with an exhibition she co-curated at Bric Arts Media in Brooklyn, NY.

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