Photo by Charlie Nordstorm
I'm mushroom obsessed. It's not just their deliciousness, the savory umami characteristics that give the pleasure of meat, yet are a fungus. They are inherently poetic-they link edibility & appetite with death and decay. The mushrooms themselves are the fruit of a vast underground network-mycelium. The ones in the wild are varied and beautiful and at times deadly. I'll be posting some Instructables on how to harvest wild mushrooms as well.
Cultivated ones are also a marvel. They have wonderful architectural shapes, can grow indoors, and require with minimal care. So along with Vanessa Sigurdson, who works with the Artist-In-Residence program at Autodesk, we created an indoor mushroom garden with three varieties- shiitake, oyster, and lion's mane. The goal was to make beautiful boxes to hang on your kitchen wall to grow mushrooms. You can see a time lapse (made by Vanessa Sigurdson & Charlie Nordstorm) of them here. This was over the course of 2 days. Fellow Artist-In-Residents Kristina Larsen and Sebastian Martin who are making felt cloths with mushrooms growing from them. Wish us luck, as mushrooms are fickle and mysterious.
We purchased the mushroom mycelium from Far West Fungi. According to their instructions, for the growing compound blend:
50% oak sawdust
25% oyster shells-ground up
30% brown rice ground into flour
Boil in water for 1 hour to get any contaminants out.