BioMaterials workshop

Learn about mycelium’s amazing potential at the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Workshop description

Working with Ganoderma mycelium and hardwood substrate, this workshop will include everything you need to grow a round planter, as well as hand-sculpt a small form with living mycelium! Suggestions on how to grow other forms or grow onto various armatures (3D printed, hand-knit/crocheted) will be discussed.

We will start with an introduction and demonstration of how this bio-material works, as well as discuss mycelium: what it is, its benefits to us and our environment, companies that are working with mycelium to replace styrofoam packing materials, insulating materials, everyday objects, and leather.

Participants will learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe mini-mycelium Biolabs.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to prepare mushroom media at home for art and research. They will have learned the basics of DIY aseptic technique and will leave with a mycelium bowl and bag of mycelium infused substrate!

This is a unique workshop with very limited places, so book now not to miss out.

Monophonic Moss Piglet

So, I got this idea into my head (years back) where I wanted to hear soil, fungus, non-human sounds. I want to collaborate with these organisms and sounds. This started more ventures into electronics, and moooore workshops at Interaccess, creating sensors and later working with slime mould.

This week I got excited over a little circuit I stumbled upon off Andreas Siagian’s blog. Which is essentially this here,

So, based off of Andrea’s circuit I thought I would make one of my own, as well as draw up my own design. I biked over to Creatroninc, bought all the parts and made this:

Admittedly nervous about the surface mount soldering.. I put the little piggy together. Here are some images showing part of the process.

etched board

Parts listed on Github

CMOS cd4093, 100nf capacitor, Peizo buzzer, LED, 9v battery snap…

Ok so, I soldered everything down and……..

The LED works. Those 2 little pads in the upper right, when touched are suppose to make the oscillator oscillate – which is currently (haha) not happening. I have checked all connections, solder points = nada. So, I took this buzzer off to see if it even worked- it does. Soldered down another and still = nope. No sounds.

Do I lack capacitance?! What am I missing here?

Meanwhile, here is the image I altered to fit my drawing/traces.

Did I make my sensor pads too small?

Regardless, I learned a lot putting this together. 1. I need to make this work. 🙂

Anyone out there with any advice or suggestions as to what might be going wrong here, please comment below. Thanks for looking.