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Shibori is the ancient Japanese method of embellishing fabric by using shape resist, pleating, stitch resist and/or folding/wrapping and then dyeing. By using lengths of white silk, wool or linen, Sofia applies these different methods with single or multiple fiber-reactive and/or indigo dyes to achieve designs that reflect the interaction of wind, currents and tides on water.


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Botanicals Using flowers and leaves from surrounding gardens and forests, Sofia steams these pigments on silk, wool or linen creating detailed leaf and flower images. This technique allows the magic of flowers and nature to be captured in wearable nature.

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Hand Painted Sofia hand paints on silk, using different types of dyes, and often over-dyeing with indigo, capturing the complex interaction of different weights of dye, resulting in the play of light and dark creating abstract landscapes.


Sofia Selden Is a mixed-media fiber artist exploring dyeing techniques in botanical prints, shibori, and hand painted silk, wool, linen and cotton. Her work is found in boutiques in Wellesley and Newburyport (Massachusetts), Kittery and Ogunquit (Maine), and she participates in art/craft fairs in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Introduced to dyeing fabric in 2009 at Haystack Mountain Craft School with Jeannette deNicholas Myer, she has studied with Jan Myers Newbury, Elin Noble, Jane Dunnewold, Carter Smith, Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Irit Dulman. Sofia is a member of Surface Design Association, SAQA, Art Beyond the Surface, Friends of the Textile/Fiber Group-Museum of Fine Arts, and a number of surface design and artists associations in New England and the west coast.

“I have always been moved and inspired by water and nature - the way currents and breeze interact and create ripples and textures, cascading light in all directions.
Being still in nature, I am moved by this energy and how it affects water, moon, flowers, and leaves. By applying hand-painted and natural dyes, using leaves, flowers and shibori techniques, I endeavor to capture this ebb and flow of color, the fluidity of water, the pull of the moon and the designs of nature on fiber.”

- Sofia Selden


Clever Hands Gallery, Wellesley, MA; Zapapa, Kittery, ME
Hutchin House Arts, Ogunquit, ME; Archipelago Island Art, Rockland, ME
JAK Designs, Kennebunkport, ME