Calandra Cooper, creative, designer & urban agriculturist
is an artist, designer, and advocate for the slow fashion movement who works with organic dyes, alternative fibers, and the creative reuse of materials. Calandra is the owner of Center Studio 518, a creative workspace and atelier, located in Omaha's Center Mall, founder of Hidden Roots, an urban agriculture business consisting of, but not limited to, an inner-city farm and allotment garden in North Omaha, ArxT One, whose mission is to make art and its healing abilities accessible to all and owner of a niche publishing company that produces the Green City Leader, a community newspaper.
She is also a natural dyer, beekeeper (4 hives), mushroom cultivator, registered USDA farmer and has 15 beautiful hens that live in her beautiful allotment garden.
Calandra studied communications (public relations/journalism) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned Associate in Applied Science degrees in: accounting, business management and legal studies from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska, where she served as an adjunct faculty instructor teaching fashion draping, pattern making, vintage sewing and couture techniques, natural dyeing, urban-agriculture-related subjects and more in the New Makerhood District and other Metropolitan Community College locations throughout the area before opening Center Studio 518 on July 1, 2018.
For a listing of some of the classes and workshops Callie designed and taught throughout the community, please visit this Page.
Look for Calandra in and around Kansas City and Denver in 2019.