Sasha Duerr is an artist and designer who works with plant-based palettes, natural dyes and place-based recipes. She is a professor at the California College of the Arts with a joint appointment in textiles and fine arts where she designs curriculum and teaches courses in the intersection of natural color, slow food, slow fashion and social practice.
In 2007, Sasha founded Permacouture Institute to encourage the exploration of regenerative design practices for fashion and textiles. Her extensive work with plant-based palettes and ecological principles through local land-based sources and community has been featured in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine, Selvedge, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes (Timber Press/Workman 2011), NATURAL COLOR (Watson-Guptill/Ten Speed Press 2016) and a third book with Princeton Architectural Press due spring of 2020. Her work has been featured in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad.
Sasha lives with her husband and children on their urban farm in Oakland, California.
Plant Dye Installation + Demonstration
For the opening reception of New Growth, Sasha will conduct a live demonstration and installation through the curation of a vibrant seasonal plant dye palette using an abundance of local ingredients. She will highlight bi-products of culinary plants, an array of easily foraged flora, and even urban sources of color that can be found from weeds and waste.