This workshop will focus on conceptual aspects of working with plant-based hues and exploring the basic steps of getting started with plants as ingredients for unique, personalized and vibrant color. Sasha will also highlight ways in which NATURAL PALETTES can widen our “color senses,” by sharing examples of experimentation, fieldwork, plant-based research and identification, documentation, as well as regenerative tips for reuse, zero waste, and experiential meaningful practices in the process.
Besides teaching accessible step-by-step and practical ways to begin, Sasha will also share conceptual inspiration through slides and visuals, as well as helpful tools, techniques and resources for creating your own -or collective – deepened relationship with plant-based color and the awe-inspiring nuanced palettes they can create.
The workshop will culminate in sharing a wide array of natural “color stories” and your own uniquely foraged, gathered or grown plant-based palette. This palette will be created as a result of experimentation and exploration in our class with Sasha Duerr.
Sasha says: “I LOVE having a post-holiday hues and compost colors class! As I grew up on a Christmas Tree Farm not far from Haystack in Deer Isle, Maine as a young girl- Christmas tree reuse is especially dear to my heart – especially because of how long they take to grow – and then are enjoyed for such a short time. Spruce, balsam, fir and pine prunings are all featured in NATURAL PALETTES, and I have a recipe for Blue Spruce Christmas tree re-use featured in NATURAL COLOR (re-purposed as a dye for a cozy wool throw). I also have recipes for redwood and pine cones- as well as pomegranate peels, mandarin or other citrus peels, and rosemary- all great for holiday compost colors and featured in NATURAL COLOR too!
This class would also be such a great way to start the New Year for those interested in applying more zero waste techniques to their life and of course starting 2021 out right with natural color in their life.”
As a special gift, you may also bundle a copy of Sasha’s book “Natural Palettes” and a Regional Color Wheel with your order. The book and Color Wheel will be shipped separately.
- The class will be held as a Zoom meeting with a dedicated TA to manage the chat, questions and any follow up.
- Pre-work: we will be sending you wool fabric, mordant, and auxiliaries and two natural dyes for your experiments. Sasha will instruct you to pre-mordant your fabrics to be ready for class You will also forage for holiday trimmings, citrus rinds or other greenery leftover from the holidays to create palettes of your own. A full materials list will be sent to you shortly after registration.
- This class uses wool fabrics to create our palettes. Sasha says that you can supply your own other natural fabrics such as silk, cotton, hemp, linen and will provide information on how to prepare the fibers for the class.
- Class dates: January 9 and 10, 2021 (Saturday and Sunday). Class times are 11-2:30 Pacific (2-5:30 Eastern) and 9-11:30 Hawaii
- Installment payments are available. Please contact [email protected] for information.
All sales are final. This workshop is non-cancellable and non-refundable. We are not able to accommodate schedule changes.
SASHA DUERR is an artist and designer who works with plant-based palettes, natural dyes and place-based recipes. She is an Adjunct 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 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 NATURAL PALETTES (Princeton Architectural Press 2020).