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8 October

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    Oct 8, 2008, 05.12 PMby polychromatin

    You bought fabric! Horray! I hope everything goes well and that the coat is finished before winter is over ;) I’m too curious about it! Btw: I think I’ll show my result soon :)

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    Oct 8, 2008, 04.33 PMby nathanl

    haha Carrots? I kinda enjoy scaring people so this year i’m going to try and make something scary, well, in a way. The costume i’m planing is called the Death Jester, meant to be ironic more than scary.

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    Oct 8, 2008, 09.36 AMby carottesauvage

    Yeah I know, some people have problems with librarians though and how many times I have to defend my profession! So I am always on the defensive about it! So you studied history as well? Well, when I was in France, I studied History. I loved Roman, Greek, Persian Antiquity!

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    Oct 8, 2008, 09.11 AMby nathanl

    well with halloween coming up it will probably be some costume. By the way nice creations. That hat is really cool.

7 October

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    Oct 7, 2008, 02.43 PMby carottesauvage

    Hey Jeffrey! How’s the coat going? I imagine it will be very practical and ingenious design by judging the details and finish of your previous creations (the rucksack you made for instance). Yeah, being a librarian isn’t very attractive but the salary is sexy (hot hot). Out of 24 hours I only work 4 solid hours,I read, write, do my own admin, knit, sew, print and assemble the burda patterns at work (I never got caught so far) most of the time etc… boring somehow keep well!

6 October

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    Oct 6, 2008, 04.01 AMby verypurpleperson

    hey Jeffrey, I’m never tired of reading your comment, they’re somewhat good for my ego boost :D Your status says that you’re making a coat, looking forward to see it. I’ve never made one myself, maybe it’s about time that I try.

3 October

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    Oct 3, 2008, 05.15 PMby polychromatin

    Hey, good one! I like it :) And the price is ok!

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    Oct 3, 2008, 02.54 PMby nora

    Good to hear – but now I have to worry again – your back hurts from sewing? We should do a how to sit right I guess.

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    Oct 3, 2008, 02.18 PMby polychromatin

    Buying fabric is also a big problem for me, because we don’t have many fabric stores. And coat fabric can be very expensive. This time I’m using a wool fabric from my mom’s fabric stash (but I think she got it from ebay as well). Ebay is good if you want to save money (or cannot afford more ;)) but it is the same problem as with every internet store: you can’t feel the fabric. Sometimes you can order fabric samples, which I do often, so at least you’ll have a glimpse what the fabric will look and feel like.

2 October

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    Oct 2, 2008, 05.17 PMby polychromatin

    I think I would love to see a coat that you made yourself, because it’s gonna be special and absolutely not boring! :)

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    Oct 2, 2008, 01.37 PMby tresjolie

    i’m so glad you can sleep at night now, knowing the origin of the fish fabric:)

    your creations are so kickass, by the way!

1 October

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    Oct 1, 2008, 10.14 PMby verypurpleperson

    Awww Jeffrey, your words are too nice! All I did was trying to make my son happy :)

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    Oct 1, 2008, 05.39 PMby polychromatin

    Hey Jeffrey! I kind of make my own pattern inspired by different coats I saw in catalogues (I ordered two oft them, looked how they were made and sent them back – I’m so evil :D) It’ll be a normal closure at the front, a round collar und the bottom wil be a little puffy … eh, I think you’re defintely got what I’m up to :D Well I hope it’s ready soon so that I can show it. I took the top part and the sleeves from a coat pattern a had at home, the rest I’ll somehow do myself. Well you could definitely try to make your own coat, you could take the new mans jacket-pattern for a basis. And you have a good deadline: the winter beginning :D

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    Oct 1, 2008, 01.37 PMby nora

    Hi Jeffery,

    sorry to hear that you are sick of the bra ads! Is Honda better? We need the ads to make revenue but of course don’t want anything that annoys the users (and us!). So we already told our ad network that we don’t want offensive stuff, no expandables etc. We’re working on it..

30 September

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    Sep 30, 2008, 12.25 PMby carottesauvage

    So you are invested (and investing) in many ways! I am doing an Mphil(I may upgrade to phd this year) at the Royal College of Art. I have a foot in Academia – I’d rather call it Macademia anyway- so it seems. I mainly work on video and celluloid format these days, in fact I am passionate about 16 and 35 mm format. I like to do Man Ray-ish photogram on the film strip, solarization and all that.I work part-time in a library (Institute of Psychoanalysis). Funny you mentioned theology, I red a great book we ordered at the library by Clayton Crockett ‘The Interstice of the Sublime’ about theology and psychoanalytic theory. Very interesting, although I couldn’t follow the theological arguments, I research on the sublime at a more prosaic level. I am preparing a group show for November, I am working on a very minimalist film for the occasion… and last but not least, I should submit the first chunk of my thesis … sigh… It means I have to hide my needles and sewing machine to avoid procrastination!

    Keep well!

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    Sep 30, 2008, 08.47 AMby carottesauvage

    Hey jeffrey, I agree with you re-functional clothing and a sense of responsability towards recycling transformed into the fun of upcycling (using the trendy word) Anyway, in regard to your previous postings on my wall, you seem to be a very astute person and singular (in the sense of being one of your kind). What are doing in Grand rapid? Working, studying or both? Yeah you should look at your great grand father’s legacy, what a honour to be the descent of a taylor. If i were you I would be proud. The art of Taylorism (and not the scientific management of mass production Taylorism HELL NO!) is something to strive for.!

28 September

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    Sep 28, 2008, 09.11 PMby verypurpleperson

    You’re welcome Jeffrey! I know that feeling, when there’s a lot of new ideas in my mind, I feel so alive and restless as well. I haven’t bought any clothes for quite sometime now, except a few from secondhand stores (which then I alter into something else). I find that a much more exciting way to build my wardrobe. Can’t wait to see your version of the vest, that’ll be fun!

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    Sep 28, 2008, 04.29 PMby bekaem

    yes, cityhippie, i see what you mean. fantastic skies over grand rapids by the way – i guess that’s where they’re from.

24 September

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    Sep 24, 2008, 08.50 AMby carottesauvage

    Hey Jeffrey! Thanks! Immanence is the word I wanted to express in regard to creativity. I am agnostic but here is the fragment of the definition about immanence on Wikkipedia: this concept usually contrasts or co-exists with the concept of transcendence[…] Immanence is usually understood to mean that the divine force, or the divine being pervades through all things that exists, and is able to influence them[…] Your creations are functional and humorous, which is refreshing. It is important to be independant from consumerism (I liked the comment you posted to Verypurple person the other day), corporate world, trying to be resilient when facing the worldwide economic bust and its grim forecoming consequences. You have been showing us that we can make everything we need and therefore being content with what we have and … crack a joke! (your dinosaur costum) Keep well!

23 September

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    Sep 23, 2008, 09.46 AMby carottesauvage

    Hey Jeffrey! Thanks for your nice comments on my jacket. I am very touched indeed. Dedication and investment is the word: Yes to creation, No to creationism, Big Bang rules! Keep well and I am looking forward to seing more of your creations!

22 September

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    Sep 22, 2008, 08.30 AMby nikkishell

    Hey Jeffrey, your article in Mixtape is looking awesome!!

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    Sep 22, 2008, 06.52 AMby verypurpleperson

    Hi Jeffrey! thank you for your nice comment on my son’s shirt! that’s exactly the reason why I started to sew his clothes, it is so hard to find decent clothes for boys. they always have some animation characters, robots, or cars on it. so boring.

16 September

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    Sep 16, 2008, 03.53 AMby Nigel Mansfield

    Hey Jeffery, it looks like theres a few guys on here but not many, and not many patterns either! I really like your bags and I have been out to buy some fabric to give it a go.

15 September

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    Sep 15, 2008, 11.53 PMby oodko

    Hey thanks a lot! I was originally planning to make them into shorts, but now I can wear these pants into winter :). Though it was perhaps not the best type of garment for an absolute beginner like myself to start with… I’m really impressed by you creations, the craftsmanship is really admirable. You should make some pants, I’m sure you could pull it off brilliantly. To answer your question, I started sewing this summer. I guess my interest in fashion and repeatedly watching project runway encouraged me! Haha it’s kinda embarassing.. but I really enjoy finishing something I’ve made myself.

8 September

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    Sep 8, 2008, 09.40 AMby toupinette

    Thank you for your nice comment about my anita short! I really like your brown short! keep the good job!

3 September

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    Sep 3, 2008, 12.50 PMby whimsykid

    Thanks so much for the comment on my shirt! You have some great bags, really awesome stuff!

27 August

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    Aug 27, 2008, 05.22 PMby nimblefingers

    your comment was sweet. thank you. also, i like your practical crafts + stegosaurus.

22 August

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    Aug 22, 2008, 09.40 PMby verypurpleperson

    Hi Jeffrey, thank you for visiting my son’s robot bag. Love to see some men’s stuffs in here. You have amazing creations!

12 July

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    Jul 12, 2008, 04.54 PMby mscleaver

    Thanks for visiting my page! You have a great blurb.

1 July

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    Jul 1, 2008, 07.49 PMby carlatv

    I like what you have done and look foward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing! :o)