Wearable, Handcrafted Art

We are loving the wearable art handcrafted by talented fiber artist Janet Sikirica of Dobbs Ferry. A certified milliner, avid knitter since age 7, and “lover of all things wool,” Sikirica recently discovered a new passion—wet felting. That passion has resulted in her latest collection of stunning, sculpture-like scarves made of richly colored silk and dyed, unspun merino, alpaca, and llama wool. She refers to this as her “bauble line,” because each scarf features little jewel-like wool balls for greater depth and texture. The “baubles,” Sikirica says, were inspired by shibori, an ancient Japanese tie-dyeing technique. “I loved the look of the fabric tied up in little nodules before being dyed.” Felting, she notes, has also been around for centuries and in many cultures. “They’re ancient crafts that I modernize with color selection.” No two designs are ever the same, nor can one be duplicated exactly. “Each design takes me in a slightly different direction,” Sikirica explains, “and the end result is often a beautiful surprise.” Scarves, in fabrics from lighter-weight silk to the bauble series’ wools, are $50 to $250; knit and felt hats range from $50 to $350; and custom orders are welcome. For more info: (646) 263-6052; janetsikirica.com.


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