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Permacouture Institute is an educational non-profit for regenerative design in fashion and textiles. Permacouture Institute supports healthy integration between nature and culture. We encourage cross-pollination between sustainability movements and preservation of traditional textile methods, sparking innovation in the process. We work with hands-on grassroots projects to support sustainability and textiles. We research sustainable plant-based dyes and recycled fibers, and consult and educate in the realm of sustainable textiles by looking closely at patterns already found in nature. Permacouture Institute was founded to encourage creativity in where our materials come from and the social practice that supports it. Over-consumption and toxic run-off from the clothing and textile industry has increased environmental and cultural degradation. We specifically target healthy practices and encourage the exploration and implementation of regenerative design from the smallest seed to the wellspring of new growth. Clothing and textiles have long been connected not only to material necessity, but also to celebration of culture, ethno-botany, creative re-use and innate sense of place. Permacouture Institute explores fashion and textiles from a dynamic and ecological perspective, offering optimal solutions for change. See our website, www.permacouture.org for more information. Email us at info@permacouture.org Sasha Duerr sasha@permacouture.org Katelyn Toth-Fejel katelyn@permacouture.org

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DINNER TO DYE FOR @ 18 REASONS!

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Tickets are now available for our SUMMER Seasonal Color+Taste Palette Series at Gospel Flat Farm in Bolinas, California. Explore the biodiversity of the plant based color+taste palette in our day-long workshop: including a natural dye workshop with seasonal hues, an in-depth tasting of the ripest summer produce, a weed walk of inspiring fiber and dye producing plants, and installation of your plant colored textiles, all while enjoying a beautiful multi-course farmstead lunch made with the same colorful ingredients. Sunday, July 21st, 2013, 10am-3pm.
To reserve your place and for more information please visit HERE!

Tickets are now available for our SUMMER Seasonal Color+Taste Palette Series at Gospel Flat Farm in Bolinas, California. Explore the biodiversity of the plant based color+taste palette in our day-long workshop: including a natural dye workshop with seasonal hues, an in-depth tasting of the ripest summer produce, a weed walk of inspiring fiber and dye producing plants, and installation of your plant colored textiles, all while enjoying a beautiful multi-course farmstead lunch made with the same colorful ingredients. Sunday, July 21st, 2013, 10am-3pm.

To reserve your place and for more information please visit HERE!

You can now book a place at the next London Dinner to Dye For presented by Permacouture Institute and featuring the plants, colours and foods of early summer. It will be held as part of the Chelsea Fringe, a fringe festival of the Chelsea Flower Show which features a mixture of over two hundred garden themed public spectacles and horticultural happenings. 
The Dinner will be held at a secret location in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 1 June 2013, 3:00 - 7:30 pm
The afternoon will include a natural dyeing workshop, fabric silk samples to take home, a seasonal dinner and cocktails to match. Featuring the colourful soups, sweets and infusions from the Soppka girls!
Get more information here

You can now book a place at the next London Dinner to Dye For presented by Permacouture Institute and featuring the plants, colours and foods of early summer. It will be held as part of the Chelsea Fringe, a fringe festival of the Chelsea Flower Show which features a mixture of over two hundred garden themed public spectacles and horticultural happenings. 

The Dinner will be held at a secret location in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday, 1 June 2013, 3:00 - 7:30 pm

The afternoon will include a natural dyeing workshop, fabric silk samples to take home, a seasonal dinner and cocktails to match. Featuring the colourful soups, sweets and infusions from the Soppka girls!

Get more information here

We’re happy to share this article which was featured in the winter issue of Selvedge Magazine. In it we write about how slow food can intersect with slow fashion over a celebration of the seasons, including recipes for natural color from cherry tree prunings and a holiday cherry tart. Given the slow start to spring this year in northern Europe, we’re still very much using these winter plants!

-Sasha and Katelyn

Exploring the Seasonal Color+Taste Palette-FALL

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imageExploring the Seasonal Color+Taste Palette Workshop this FALL at Gospel Flat Farm in Bolinas, California.  A collaboration with dear friend and amazing chef, Kelsie Kerr, this is the first of our Permacouture Four Season’s Series. We are very much looking forward to our WINTER Workshop!

-Sasha

Dinner to Dye For at Bergamot Station

Join Permacouture and Your Local Hive  for a "Dinner to Dye For" in Los Angeles this Sunday, November 11th,  at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Bergamot Station. Seasonal color and cuisine all from the same ingredients of autumn in Southern California. LA friends, we’d love to see you there!

"Great civilisations have almost invariably had good soils as one of their chief natural resources"

~ Nyle C Brady from Nature and Properties of Soils

"Weed Your Wardrobe"

Fiber and dye garden work party, plant dye, weed walk, clothing swap.

Permacouture recently hosted an event in Oakland, California called “Weed your Wardrobe.” The premise was to both literally and metaphorically tend to the ecology of one’s wardrobe. While weeding our urban Oakland food, fiber, and dye garden, we also simultaneously held a clothing swap. By clearing weeds to grow bio-diverse crops (all while finding new life for that “crop” top!) there is a new shared joy in increasing soil fertility, the fabric of one’s wardrobe, and community.

More images HERE.

-Sasha