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 . Her work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad. 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). and NATURAL COLOR (Watson-Guptill/Ten Speed Press August 23rd, 2016). She lives with her husband and children on their urban farm in Oakland, CA.
Since 2007, Permacouture Institute has explored regenerative design and environmental education for slow fashion and textiles. Nature color coordinates through palettes that connect us directly to place, people, plants and ecologies. Working with plant-based colors encourages an inquiry of more below the surface, with a reward that unassuming depth and beauty can lay even in the leftovers of a discarded peel, a wilted flower, or a wayside weed. Plant-based palettes can naturally inspire us to see the awe in the everyday.