I'm Alyssa Sacora and I use the pronouns she/her. I am a crafts person exploring plant-based mediums in the form of papermaking, book arts, basketry and natural dyes. My practice is rooted in observing relationships throughout the wider world. To reduce my human footprint and encourage creative thinking, I primarily work with locally abundant and repurposed natural materials which include plants and repurposed fabrics.
Leaves, vines and bark from iris, daylily, kudzu, okra, tulip poplar and willow plants, to name a few, are combined with salvaged cotton and linen fabrics to create my palette. My artistic pursuits are directly related to lifestyle choices with reciprocity and mindfulness as a guiding principal.
In addition to and in support of my craft, I caretake a 3-acre piece of land with my husband, Adam, located on the traditional lands of the Cherokee people in what is now called Western North Carolina. We grow fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs, and art plants; we tend a flock of chickens and keep composting worms. We utilize solar electric and solar thermal systems for electricity and heating, collect rain water for our gardens and hoop house, and continuously look to design our spaces with sustainability in mind.
I have taught plant based art workshops for a variety of organizations in WNC and beyond. Whenever possible, I utilize an outside setting to help students make the connection that we are nature and that our lives are intertwined with the plants, the soil, and the air around us.
Thank you for taking the time to look around. I am glad that you are here.