Sierra Reading is a fifth generation Northern California Native and Bay Area artist who works within the fields of education, sustainable fashion, and textiles. She has earned her BFA in Textiles from the California College of the Arts, and a MA in Art Education through the Maryland Institute College of Art. Commercially, Sierra works exclusively with plant-derived dyes to create seasonal color collections for a variety of designers, and practices the craft of mending and repairing for clients and friends. In her personal art practice, Sierra uses traditional textile processes to create scenarios in which participants collectively interact with cloth as a way to create community and connections surrounding sustainability and the stories behind what we wear. Raised in a small farming community, Sierra grew up with an understanding and deep connection to where her food came from. Inspired by this awareness, and curiosity, Sierra strives to connect people to the plants and processes that make and dye our clothing through her teaching and art practice.