About Vast Playground & Dennis Stevens
Dennis helps design entrepreneurs and makers transitioning from small D.I.Y. start-ups in to the domain of value-chain, made-in-the-USA manufacturing.
Vast Playground operates in South Carolina and in NYC. We are focused on the domestic sourcing of textiles as well as the production of sewn products in the fashion, apparel, and home accessories markets for design entrepreneurs and makers.
Dennis does manufacturing consulting, cut-and-sew, sample making and prototyping as well as screen printing on organic fabrics and custom dye-sublimation on high-poly content synthetic fabrics.
Dennis is an artist and design entrepreneur, currently developing several ready-to-wear lines. He also serves as a consultant for CREATE! Conway, an arts organization in South Carolina.
He has taught as an adjunct professor within the Art Department at Queens College and as an instructor within the Art and Art Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has written extensively about the different ways in which art, craft and design communities create and exchange meaning as well as about the emergence of D.I.Y./indie craft.
From 2004 to 2008, he wrote about the various fields of craft on a blog called Redefining Craft. In 2006, Dennis moved to New York to pursue his doctoral work. Prior to moving to NYC, he worked for three years and a half years as the ceramics and glass technician for the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University. He has also founded two gallery/studio businesses; one in Berkeley, CA and one in Conway, SC. As an undergraduate art major, he attended both Ringling College of Art and Design and Clemson University.
Dennis has a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Art and Art Education with a specialization in the college teaching of art from Teachers College, Columbia University; a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Instructional Technology from the Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University and an undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University.
Here's a few examples of some stuff that Dennis has published.
Dennis has contributed to the following projects.