Conjuring a Winter Rainbow • January 19 – 21, 10 am – 4 pm • Sasha Duerr

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Sasha Duerr, Guest Teaching Artist

3 days • Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21, 2024

10 am – 4 pm, daily


Nonmembers: $820, Members: $738
($273/day for nonmembers, $246/day for members, and $240/day for early birds!)

For scholarship inquiries, contact Cristin McKnight Sethi,

Join renowned natural dyer, artist, and educator Sasha Duerr for a 3-day Guest Teaching Artist workshop to create local and seasonal color with evergreens and other January dye ingredients.

Explore the wonder and nature of compost-based colors by creating place-based zero-waste hues with natural dyes. Experiment with upcycling an evergreen holiday tree and winter foliage alongside other natural materials to create a rainbow of hues. Consider alchemy for local and seasonal color, including melting ice and snow for dyeing (weather permitting!) and utilizing elemental surface design techniques that center on January findings.
Sasha will share concepts from her recent book Natural Palettes (PAPress, 2020) and offer regenerative tips for creating an artistic practice that centers on experimentation, fieldwork, plant-based research, circular reuse, and natural dyes as a tool for social and environmental connection. Workshop participants will create an abundance of beautiful post-holiday hues — both in the form of the color stories and natural palettes we conjure as samples — as well as a collection of larger textiles created along the way.

Deepen your engagement with working with plant-based hues and experience the awe that can be found with creating color from everyday ingredients!

Materials fee is $30, payable to the instructor at the time of class.

Art Speaks conversation with Sasha Duerr:

In conjunction with this workshop, Sasha will be joining Textile Center for a virtual, sliding-scale Art Speaks conversation on Monday, December 4, at 12 noon.
Learn more and register for Art Speaks: Natural Palettes with Sasha Duerr online here!

Info for out-of-town guests:

For our out of town guests, nearby accommodations are available with our partner hotel, Hampton Inn and Suites, University Ave. in Minneapolis.  For the special Textile Center rate and more info, visit our website here:

Instructor Bio:

Sasha Duerr (she/her) is an artist, designer and educator who works with plant-based color and natural palettes. Sasha centers her practice and research on the collaborative color potential of weeds, food and floral waste, and local 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. In 2007, Sasha founded Permacouture Institute to encourage the exploration of regenerative design practices for fashion and textiles.  From “Dinners to Dye For” to “Weeding Your Wardrobe” and “Seasonal Color Wheels” her extensive work with plant-based color palettes has been featured in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine, Domino, Elle Decor Uk, 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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Withdrawal Policy

If your notice of withdrawal is received at least 2 weeks before the earlybird deadline for this workshop, you will receive a 50% refund of your workshop fee. Due to the scheduling nature of these classes and arrangements for instructors, no refunds are available after that. We will be happy to provide you with a receipt for your donation to Textile Center for any forfeited tuition. Please make this request in writing to

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Pricing options

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