Jan Dylewski | Jan Dylewski Art

Jan Dylewski. Photo by Karen Lee Lewis.

How long have you been an artisan? How did your particular skillset develop over time? 

I’ve been a practicing artist for over 25 years. As an art teacher in the Buffalo public school system, I am always searching for donated materials and as luck would have it, I stumbled upon a company that had some felt to donate to our art program. After many experiments, bending, cutting and bonding the material, I came up with several classroom applications as well as ways to play with my whimsical style in my own artwork. If you smile when you see my booth, I’ve succeeded. 

Please describe your work / product.

For me, art flows in two directions. One channel fuels a passion for expression through forms that find their way into gallery settings. The second reflects my interest in problem solving and product development. Over the last 4 years I’ve been experimenting with a thick wool felt product resulting in wobbly looking Christmas trees, quirky birdhouses and fairy houses that now dot my booth.  

Who are some of your favorite artisans / makers in the region? Who amongst your peers inspires your work?

My favorite jewelry artist is Betsy Veness. She is a former Fisher Price designer and her work, so often, includes a nod to the past.  

How long have you been a business owner in WNY?

I’ve sold my work at shows on and off for about 20 years.

How long have you been a part of Buffalo Women’s Gifts?

This is my first year participating in this event. I’m very excited and thrilled to be part of this artisanal community.

Where can people see / purchase your work year-round?

I have a display booth at Roycroft Antiques in East Aurora, NY.

Where else will you be representing your wares this holiday season?

After this show I will be at:

December 7 and 8 – Roycroft Campus Holiday Show

December 14 – Carnegie Art Center Trunk Show at 240 Goundry Street, North Tonawanda, NY

December 21 – 7pm, Carolcade, East Aurora, NY