Designing and making has always been on my radar. My first attempt (at the tender age of five) was making kimonos and dresses for my dolls…they were quite rustic!

Eventually I discovered design, patternmaking and sewing properly through fashion design school. After getting my college degree, I started experimenting with fabric dyeing (first using bleach, then grocery store dyes, and finally professional silk dyes)

Several years later, after many trials and more than a few (fortunate?) errors, I have developed my own style of dyeing and painting. Dyes are freely applied to silk to create bold colors and intricate patterns, key to the vibrant look of Nancy Wilder Wearable Art.

Some of the pieces are so gorgeous, I want to keep them, so I started photographing these works of art and having fabrics printed. This opened up a whole new world -  of pattern and color, and endless possibilities for amazing fabrics in both bamboo knit and silk.

The clothing I create is designed to make you look and feel great! Vibrant colors, the right fit, and special details are my signature.

Each hand dyed or painted garment is made in my studio using professional dyes and high quality silks, and sewn by me to create a collectible garment that will last for years. 

Lately I have taken a break from dyeing and painting, and have been making purses, and collage scarves with the fabrics that I have dyed and painted (and felted!)

Stay tuned for more exciting pieces made in this artsy collage style - lots of ideas in the works, please send coffee!

Oh and I got some press!

Here is a short article!