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Foundations Talks / Sasha Duerr

March 9, 2021 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM



From the natural color ingredients that can be found in weeds, prunings and cover crops- to the vast potential of food and floral waste- plant-based “color stories” hold the ability to both poetically and practically engage us in immersive and holistic practices. Through examples of participation, we’ll explore a variety of natural palettes and their innate ability to widen our “color senses” while supporting a diversity and biodiversity of opportunities for creativity and collaboration in the process.


SASHA DUERR is an artist, designer and educator who works with plant-based palettes. Sasha centers her practice and research on the collaborative color potential of weeds, food and floral waste, and seasonal ingredients. Teaching for over a decade at California College of Arts with a joint appointment in Textiles and Fine Arts, Sasha lectures, consults and widely designs curriculum and courses in the intersection of natural color, slow food, slow fashion and social practice. From “Dinners to Dye For” to “Weeding Your Wardrobe” and “Seasonal Color Wheels” her work with plant-based color palettes has been featured in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine, Selvedge, and the Huffington Post. Sasha is the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes (Timber Press/Workman 2011) NATURAL COLOR (Watson-Guptill/Ten Speed Press 2016) and NATURAL PALETTES (Princeton Architectural Press 2020).

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