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Natural Color Dye Workshop


A Natural Dye Workshop With
Sasha Duerr: Natural Dyes From Native Californian Plants

Create a seasonal and local color palette from an array of native California plant-based dyes. Learn to design fresh plant based color palettes and textiles with saturated hues. You'll also experiment with botanical pattern resists and simple surface design techniques. We'll explore alchemy and biodiversity for plant-based colors from indigenous California plants, low-water dyes, and even get ideas of how to make an extensive range of color from invasive weeds. Each participant will leave the class with a beautiful palette of botanically-dyed samples as well as a gorgeous finished textile for you or your home-connecting to native, local, and seasonal color palettes all year long.

SASHA DUERR is an artist, designer, and advocate for the slow fashion movement who works with organic dyes, alternative fibers, and the creative reuse of materials. She is a professor at the California College of the Arts with a joint appointment in textiles and fine arts. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad. In 2007 Duerr founded the Permacouture Institute with the Trust for Conservation Innovation to encourage the exploration of fashion and textiles from the ground up. Her extensive work with plant-based dyes 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) and Natural Color (Watson-Guptill/Random House, 2016).