Category: Artisans

The Beauty of Limitation

Soft and supple Mendocino buckskin, Sierra foothills alpaca, Mill Valley felt, Capay Valley color grown cotton, and Mt. Barnaby indigo … these are the places and raw materials that designer and artist Mali Mrozinski has been exploring.  The “limitation” of sourcing materials within 150 miles might be better described as a “creative focus.”  This palate […]

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Creation of the Golden Pants

 There are some items of clothing that we could not survive without. Living in the 150 mile wardrobe has made me keenly aware of how my garments are essential for my survival.  Beyond fashion, clothes are my shelter. Each garment I have is fundamentally important.  There are now 15 items last count, including my socks, […]

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The Most Local Talent

Unexpected and extraordinary treasures can come in the form of human beings, and sometimes we are fortunate enough to have these individuals as our neighbors. Preparing for the drop in temperatures, cold weather attire was on my mind… and so was the idea of inviting another knitter into the project.  As the concept of winter-weather […]

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Making the Second Skin

It’s time to document the Fibershed wardrobe from the inside-out, and tell the story of the first garments— the ones that create a soft boundary between skin and those exterior clothes that protect us from the elements.  The underwear as it is known, is like the interior of our homes—soft, plush, and comforting.  There was […]

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Living on Earth

The project was recently documented for the Living on Earth radio program.  A great video was created on one of our Fibershed re-skilling days, a time when designers and artists come together to learn from each other– using all local materials.  In this case Katherine Jolda, one of our Fibershed felters taught everyone in the […]

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The Year Begins…

“the garments” from Zoe Minikes on Vimeo. A working wardrobe now exists. The making of most of the garments began in June– it all started with one shirt, and one pair of pants…. I wore them for three weeks.   There were some interesting sensory moments when the clothes were being washed– realizing that without […]

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Honoring the Ancient Fibersheds

Herds of elk, deer, antelope– throngs of rabbits, and many other four-leggeds once roamed the hills, prairies, and river valleys of our ancient fibersheds.  The skins of these animals are the first pre-woven textiles, known to have provided shelter, clothing, and bedding for our ancient ancestors. Several members of the fibershed community spent a weekend […]

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An Afternoon at Woolly Egg Ranch

Farming, bio-diesel manufacturing, canning, chicken coop building, these are just a few of  Kenny Kirkland’s many skills.  His generous and welcoming nature makes a visit to his farm, a lesson in sustainable practice.  Each time I stop in, it seems Kirkland has added another layer of value or function to his on-going land management practices. […]

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