Growing up in the foothills of Colorado, Sayde’s childhood was rooted in texture and natural color. From exploring the red and orange clay found on afternoon hikes to the native flower garden growing in her backyard, she learned to appreciate the biodiversity of plants and place from a young age. Her work is a playful experiment of those early explorations. With a deep love for the earth and natural materials, she works at the intersections of plant-based color, textiles, and environmentalism. Sayde’s evolving work in textiles and fibers seeks to create spaces to explore who we are as nurturers of the land and our communities.
Sayde Laine Anderson is a fiber artist, community builder, and maker working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques based in Durham, North Carolina. Her work is inspired by rethinking the relationship between art, sustainability, and the land.
She has been experimenting with natural dyes for the past six years and continues to find herself eager to explore the intersection of natural materials and plant color. The curiosity and wonder of her childhood continue to ground her practice. She enjoys exploring forests and fields where she lives in Durham, North Carolina, curious to see what plants or natural materials can extract a colorfast dye. Sayde forages for and grows dye plants in her neighborhood and partners with a local flower farm. Throughout this process, she often uses whole plants rather than extracts, so she has grown to understand the seasonal availability, growth cycles, and color potential of plants native to North Carolina. This knowledge allows her to develop color palettes specific to the seasons of the year and enables her to connect with the cycle of seasonal ecologies—both of which are foundational to her body of work.
In addition, Sayde has spent two summers with the SCA working as a member of the Joy Squad in the Growing Young Artist Program.
Get hands-on with Sayde this summer at educational programming for creatives of all ages!