Category: Clothing

Whispers of a Gentle Species

Believed to be a gift from Pachamama, the sacred earth mother– alpaca have been present during the rise and fall of many human civilizations from the point of their domestication 6,000 years ago.  As the lives of the alpaca and humans became increasingly and intricately woven within ancient South American culture, they became revered and […]

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Wool That Nobody Wanted

 There is a story in each garment, a living history of our collective experience resides in the implications and realities of our clothes.  The wool in this tunic comes from the homestead of Kenny Kirkland.  His flock is small in comparison to the flocks that live north and west of us– where 1,000 sheep per ranch […]

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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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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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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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Clothes in Color Grown Cotton

May 1st arrived, and so did the first Fibershed clothes.  The wardrobe was launched with some functional basics- a shell, and a pair of loose fitting bolero pants.  The fabric for these pieces was woven and knit from Sally Fox’s organic color grown cotton.  Fox’s farm resides in Guinda, California,  just 90 miles from my […]

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Ahh… the First Socks

Hemp

 These gorgeous socks were created with the wool of Windrush farm (30 miles) from my home.  The farm is run by Mimi Luebberman, a wonderful fiber enthusiast who has all of her sheep’s wool processed and naturally dyed for sale at local farmer’s markets.  She also hosts and educates the local community children in an […]

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