Jan Stetson

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Jan Stetson

Jan Stetson

Dyed fabric/wearable art

Location @ AOS:

Arlington Community Center (27 Maple St), 1st Floor

I am a craft dyer and fiber artist living in Arlington MA. For the past 10 years, I have explored the vast range of techniques developed by Japanese Shibori artists, and the potential for combining them to create wearable art.

I work with dyes old and new, synthetic and botanical; including indigo, the oldest dyestuff known; fiber-reactive dyes, invented in the 1950s; and modern acid dyes. I also use botanical dyes like black walnut hulls, avocados pits, and spent daylily blossoms.

It constantly amazes me how dyeing ties together many disciplines I find fascinating – archaeology, surface design, anthropology, chemistry, costume, color, drawing, botany, history – and feeds my unending desire to learn something new.