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Fiberarts - January/February 2008
January/February 2009

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Jon Coffelt’s memory clothing
Keiler Sensenbrenner Simple Wardrobe blog entries
María Ezcurra’s Enchando Flores (Throwing Flowers), from Caracas, Venezuela
Laura Splan’s new sculptural works
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January/February 2009

Keiler Sensenbrenner
Simple Wardrobe Blog Entries

In our January/February 2009 issue, we profile Keiler Sensenbrenner’s Simple Wardrobe project, which began in April of 2007. It is an ongoing quest to create the perfect DIY wardrobe from scratch. Each item, whether a success or a failure, has been honestly and humorously cataloged at These are just a few of her recent blog entries that document the making of her machine-sewn, knitted, and crocheted creations. Her painting and drawings can be seen at

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Square Dance Dress
Why I’m Not on Project Runway (Square Dance Dress), lined dress.

In October, we were invited to our friends’ square-dance-themed wedding in a loft in Chicago. Not surprisingly, I didn’t have anything to wear so I . . . ended up designing and making this the day of the wedding. I know this dress looks very simple, but it is lined and it fits well, and it hinted just enough at square dance to make me fit in, while being wearable in the future for any occasion. I wore it with a vest and boots to the wedding. We had a great time. That was the last day I’ve sewn anything. The pressure kind of wiped me out.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Twilight Skirt
Twilight Skirt, ultra-suede skirt and cotton T-shirt.

I’ve noticed that customer service in retail stores has really improved lately. I think they felt the pressure of my boycott and are happy to welcome me back. Yesterday I was browsing at Sephora and ended up with an impromptu makeover. I think I was lonely. The makeup artist was very take-charge; he asked me who does my eyebrows. I told him, I do. He said, great job. It’s nice to be appreciated.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Cabled Hat
Cabled Hat, knitted wool.

Don’t get distracted by my face. What you’re looking at here is the wool hat that I knit from the Fall 2008 issue of Vogue Knitting. These are my first cables. It’s very warm, but it barely covers my ears. I wish earflaps didn’t look so stupid because they really do the job. I also wish people would just give in and start wearing ski/snow pants during the winter. Not just when they’re skiing, but for walking to work. It . . . could definitely look cool if some effort were made by the designers. Come on, people.


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