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OPEN STUDIOS: Dying with Native Plants; led by Sierra Reading

This event is free and open to the public as part of Pro Arts' Open Studios. Space is first come first served and limited to 10 participants, so please on time if you're interested!

Originally from a small farming community of Colusa County, Sierra Reading is a Northern California native, artist/designer/educator who is now living and working throughout the Bay Area. With a focus in textile sustainability, Sierra received her BFA in textiles from the California College of the Arts and has sense shown her work at the Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Northern California Fibershed, and many commissions for local designers throughout the Bay Area. 

When she's not playing with colors and cloth, Sierra is the head fashion design instructor at the Youth Art Exchange- an art education non-profit based in the excelsior District of San Francisco that works to bring free art classes to public high school students in the are. She leads garment construction classes for students 14-17 years old every semester, and holds a fashion show for her students that documents the work they accomplished throughout the semester. 

Sierra's work promotes sustainable garment and textile production, education concerning fashion sustainability, and making the connection between slow food and slow fashion. 

You can see more of her work on her website: or follow her on instagram: @madebysierra

Pro Arts is an Oakland-based organization that encourages change in and through the arts to invigorate our communities.

We champion new art practices and emerging forms of cultural production through an institutional platform which fosters collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas. We support contemporary artists directly through exhibitions, commissions, residency programs, research, satellite projects, digital platforms and publications. Annually we exhibit over 550 artists, conduct over 700 art education programs for youth, and reach an audience of over 72,000.

Founded in 1974 as the Alameda County Neighborhood Arts Program, for more than 40 years Pro Arts has contributed significantly to the infrastructure of a thriving artist community and brought visibility to thousands of artists in the Oakland/Bay Area.