About

We are two sisters from Latvia who got together and decided to create Sarmite Wearable Art in 1994. We also became members of the American Craft Council in 1994.

Sarmite is a graduate of Riga College of Applied Arts, specializing in clothing design.

Daiga is a graduate of the Arts Institute of Tallin Estonia.

Sarmite Wearable Art is the recipient of the 2003 NICHE Award and the 2006 and 2007 Lakefront Festival of Arts Fiber-Wearable Award winners.

In 2010, Sarmite Wearable Art received a Lakefront Arts Festival Award. The award was presented by Michael Monroe, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Bellevue Arts Museum who described our work as

Using a variety of fabrics - wool meltons and merinos, cashmeres and hand-woven chenille "patches". Daiga Henson and Sarmite Svilis employ a collage technique of piecing together a variety of patterns, textures and colors into their stunning wearable art clothing. The individual and colorful segments of each garment are technically and visually held together by black bands of embroidery - as in a stained glass window - thus embracing the human form while accentuating the elegant movements of the wearer.