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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 am fascinated by the nuances and vibrancy of color and pattern in nature. By exploring the ebb and flow of fluid dynamics in water, air and nature, and by combining this exploration with the subtle and vibrant techniques of Botanical Pigments, Shibori Dyeing and Hand Painting, I reconnect with the excitement and wonder of life.”

- Sofia Selden

Joyous Silks can be found at the following retail outlets:
Clever Hands Gallery, Wellesley, MA
Zapapa, Kittery, ME
Hutchin House Arts, Ogunquit, ME
Archipelago Island Art, Rockland, ME
Coming soon to Kennebunkport, ME