MycoPaper: Making handmade paper with mushrooms

Date & Time

335 days ago


Governors Island


With the ecological challenges our world is facing, now more than ever, mushrooms are a vital and relevant queendom to understand, cultivate, and forage. Mushrooms are a great alternative to cellulose-based paper. Using polypore mushrooms and DIY paper making techniques participants will make their own mycopaper in addition to learning how to find, and ethically forage, for paper-friendly mushrooms.

Workshop Dates:

*This workshop will take place twice on the following dates. Please select a date you'd like to attend on.

Saturday, September 14, 1pm-3pm
Saturday, September 21, 1pm-3pm

About the Facilitator

Nica Rabinowitz is an artist and educator working at the intersection of biological design, social justice, farming and textile creation – exploring handcraft from farm to fabric and from soil to soil. She is the Founder and Director of Fiberhouse Collective. Her practice is rooted in the restorative properties of natural dyes and locally foraged, found, and farmed materials. Nica has taught workshops through Textile Arts Center, the Rockefeller University, Parsons School of Design, New York University (NYU), Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Genspace, and the annual Maker Faire. She was a resident at Icelandic Textile Center and is a Succurro fellow. Nica can be found crafting and cultivating in her Brooklyn based studio.

This event is part of Intelligent Fungi, an exhibit, research and workshop series brought to you by Curiouseed to celebrate the fungal wisdoms and learn from fungi, our greatest teachers, to build, nourish, and heal. Learn more about the series.

Visit us on Governors Island!

August 3 - October 27
Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 11am - 5pm

The Swale House, Nolan Park #15, Governors Island
Just 15 mins by ferry from Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge Park.
View Detailed Ferry Schedules

Ongoing Programs
Mycelium Running
Mushroom Water Filtration Demo
Mycorrhizal Meditation (Fiona MacDonald, audio)

Workshops & Events
Aug 4 | Mycelial Digestion Workshop (Chloe Zimmerman, workshop)
Aug 11 | Partner with Fungi to Support Ecosystem Health (Jess Rubin, workshop)
Aug 24 | Introduction to Mushroom Identification (Paul Sadowski, talk)
Sept 8 | A Presentation of Fruiting Bodies: Creative Experiments in Fungal Inoculation & Mycoremediation (Christopher Kennedy, Chloe Zimmerman, Lucia Monge, workshop)
Sept 14 & 21 | MycoPaper: Making Handmade Paper with Mushrooms (Nica Rabinowitz, workshop)
Oct 6 | Mushroom Walk (New York Mycological Society, outdoor)
Oct 19 | Styrofoam Decomposition Experiment (show and tell)

The Intelligent Fungi Series is a public program completely run by volunteers and fueled by community donations. Please help us keep the program running by volunteering with us or making a donation (via Kinvite) today!

A big THANK YOU to the Swale House for hosting our program on Governors Island.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly at

tags: mindfulness, sustainability, crafting, diy, handson