Sasha Duerr is an artist and designer who works with organic dyes, alternative fibers, and the creative reuse of materials. Her work is a cross-pollination of textiles and environmental systems thinking, inspired by ecological principles found in permaculture, as well as regenerative design for food, clothing, and shelter. Duerr's textiles are handwoven with fibers that investigate nature and nurture and are dyed with a revival of nontoxic, organic place-based recipes.
Her work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad. Duerr has received multiple grants to teach natural dyeing at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, CA, and has taught at artist residencies, colleges, and community and school garden programs across the country.
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. With her extensive work with plant-based dyes and ecological principles through local land-based sources and community, Duerr's goal is to cultivate innovative design.
Duerr is the author of "The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes" (Timber Press/Workman 2011). Her work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Selvedge, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post.
Adjunct Professor, Textiles