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Resident Artist

Introducing Aisling O’Shea

Aisling O’Shea is a Bristol based, self taught artist. As well as being a a core member of the team over at our parent company, Maya Mushrooms, she is also taking up an artist residency at The Yama Project headquarters.

Aisling is inspired by the micro and macro elements of nature, so being surrounded by the Ancient trees and endless sky here in the Forest of Dean, she is creating a collection named, ‘The Cosmic Garden’ collection. 50% of all profit from sales is donated back to The Yama Project.

Prints are for sale on her website artbyaisling.co.uk

Contact for comssion enquries aisling@artbyaisling.co.uk

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Future Projects

Workshops

Mushroom cultivation for beginners online and in-person

Foraging mushrooms (linked to Mush Map)

Innoculate your very own log to take home

Build a piece of mycelium furniture

Build a decomposable plant stand/garden table

Make a magic dream catcher

Make magic jewelry

Create a mycelium (anything?) using molds.

Mushrooms as Medicine workshop (expert talk and walk)

Wood carving – Make a Mushroom

Help the forest – wild mushroom inoculating

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The Spirit of the Mushroom

Mushrooms, especially the ‘magic’ type have been associated with spirituality for as long as they have been documented for human use. At the Yama Project, we believe that all mushrooms are magic – the world as we know it simply wouldn’t exist without the mycelium that knits it all together underground. – As above so below.

Hundreds, if not thousands of mushroom species have the seemingly magical effect of curing human illnesses and diseases as well as providing rich nutrients for us to thrive.

Not only do humans benefit from mushrooms. It is thought that mycelium travels between trees in the forest, carrying nutrients from one to the other…

Here at Yama Project, we want to encapsulate the spirit of the mushroom, and what better way to do that than through facilitating creative projects embedded with a multitude of ways to use mushrooms in all its forms?

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Mycelium Furniture

Mycelium has been on the design table for a while now and many artists, architects, and designers have begun showing off what they have achieved. Below are some examples of this work.

Sebastian Cox

MYCELIUM+TIMBER comprises a series of stools and lights, made using freshly cut wood waste which has been myceliated with the species Fomes fomentarius. Each piece is created by the mycelium as it grows and binds the green wood waste together around purpose made frames to form lightweight, incredibly strong and completely compostable pieces of design.

Grown-Bio

Grown Bio is a biotechnology company creating high performance and natural products that are safe and sustainable. They support working together with nature by growing eco-friendly materials out of mycelium and local agricultural rest-streams.

Alea Josi Leeprowse

Myco-fabrication utilizes the growth of mycelium, the root structure of fungi, to create materials from organic waste. Back to dirt expands on this process by using local soil as a mold to grow objects.

Myceen

Ecovative

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Resources

Community Outreach Grants and Funding resources

Government Forest of Dean Community grants

Applications for National Lottery funding

My Funding Central is a useful tool to help find funding for community projects

Tesco Bags of help funding

Andy Funshawe funding – adventures for young people

Aviva Crowdfunding initiative to build the resilience of communities

Feild Studies council – To get disadvantaged children into naure

B&Q donate surplus materials to help community projects

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Microbiology Society

The Microbiology Society  is a not-for-profit organisation. The funds they receive through publication subscriptions, membership and other activities are used to support microbiology. As such, the Society has funds at its disposal from which it makes grants to members for specific purposes.

The Microbiology Society is committed to supporting and encouraging the teaching and learning of microbiology at all levels and they offer grants to support microbiology teaching initiatives and events. Funds are also available for members keen to run and participate in microbiology-related outreach activities.

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Art

Art and Mushrooms

Can mycelium help us to understand the human experience?

Around the world, fungi are inspiring artists to rethink the human experience. Mycelium – the plant-like structure in which … a web-like network that is found in every corner of nature has been proven to send and receive messages from trees, plants, and mushrooms.

Mycelium has often been used as a metaphor in the tech world and it is easy to see why. The decentralised systems of thought found in coding is easy to liken to the webs of intelligence beneath our feet.

The boundaries cross to the world of Science fiction, for example in Star Trek: Discovery (20217) a ‘spore drive’ enables the USS Discovery to travel quantum realities through a mycelial network. The ship is led by Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets, a reference to the world-leading mycologist and author of Mycelium Running (2005).

On Social media, @mycolyco hooks up oyster mushrooms and cordyceps to modular synths, which turn electrical impulses into sound.

In 2021 the exhibition, ‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’ was held in Somerset House, London, showcasing the work of 40 artists, designers, and musicians; all with a love of fungi. It showcased observations, illustrations, and visual art from renowned and contemporary artists. As well as designs, architecture, and textiles in groundbreaking utilisations of mushrooms.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the inspiring artists and designers who are helping to shape and reimagine our relationship with this wonderful part of nature.

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Mush Map

The concept of the Mush Map is to raise public awareness and interest in native species of Mushrooms (and other edible or medicinal plants) by providing a trail map, pointing out different species of Mushrooms and plants that can be found along the way, depending on the trees and microenvironments present in the local area. 

The idea is that members of the public will be able to follow a treasure hunt-style map on a trail through the forest to find, identify, and safely forage native mushrooms all year around. 

The Mush map itself, along with hand-carved signs along the way, will provide information on the different species, including how to safely identify them, the time of year when they should be found, and what they can be used for. 

Not only will the Mush map boost the confidence of those wanting to safely and responsibly forage mushrooms, but will also help to increase the local biodiversity and teach the public about the important role mycelium has in keeping the forest healthy and in the battle against climate change

As passionate advocates for the mental health benefits of nature, especially the forest – the mush map will be part of a wider project where we will be working with the local community, and outreach programs to get disadvantaged members of society into the forest. We hope (with permission) to responsibly introduce and increase the yield of native mushrooms into the forest by inoculating fallen and felled logs – this would ensure that mushrooms can be found in abundance on the Mush map trail (whenever the seasonal conditions allow.) 

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The British Mycology Society

The British Mycology Society‘s mission is to promote fungal science and they recognise that art, in all its forms, provides a powerful route through which new audiences can be attracted to mycology. They know art provokes discussion and stimulates interest in the subject so they offer The Massee Arts Grant. Named after George Edward Massee, the first President of the British Mycological Society following its foundation in 1896.  Massee was an artist whose paintings attracted the attention of M.C. Cooke, Head of Mycology at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,  leading to the recognition of Massee’s work as a mycologist.

The Massee Arts Grant provides funding of £10,000 per annum (up to a maximum of £5000 per project) to support artists from all disciplines whose work helps encourage all sectors of society to engage and learn about the wonderful world of fungi.

The BMS provides a range of grants every year for all areas of mycology research and projects. The 2024 grant list can be found here.