Archive of ‘Newspaper Articles’ category

Socks for Japan Featured in the Tualatin / Tigard / Beaverton Valley Times

{click above to embiggen} In today’s local newspaper here in the suburbs outside of Portland (circ. 26,000) they ran an article about local people and their efforts for disaster relief in the wake of last Friday’s events in Japan.  A small photo of me happened to land on the front page – and hopefully this […]

The New York Times Really Doesn't Understand the Meaning of DIY…

 all photos by Kava Gorna, Or at least the blame shall fall to Chelsea Zalopany, who wrote the Dec. 30 article “Feathered Friends / D.I.Y. Headbands.” Oh, New York Times.  I appreciate your efforts to make DIY more accessible to everyone, I truly do.  But you’re approaching it wrong. To make DIY appeal to […]

Guilt-Free Fur?

source unknown (Google images) As many of you may have read, the New York Times posted an article online last month about nutria fur currently being marketed as the new “guilt-free fur.”  The argument is that since the nutria (giant swamp-rodents) are a threat to Louisana swampland and are being killed anyway in order to […]

Copyright Protection is Bad for Fashion! PBS Coverage

 Photo source PBS journalist Johanna Blakely posted an opinion piece the other day on how copyright protection with literally “cramp our style.”  It’s a fascinating article, and one I COMPLETELY agree with.  (And the crux of why I began Chic Steals in the first place!)  My take on this: The fashion industry must have knockoffs […]

I've Been Featured in the Times!

No, not the New York Times.  My local newspaper, the Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood Times!! Yes, folks – the Tualatin Times ran a feature of me in their latest edition which came out Thursday, Sept. 16.   They included some nice quotes from me about my efforts to undermine established brand names and force everyone to pick up a […]

Amazing DIY Inspiration Slideshow at the

The DIY Fashion Examiner has put together a great slideshow of DIY-able looks emerging off the current runways from Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.  From Cynthia Rowley to Jason Wu, Lela Rose to DKNY, these picks for Spring/Summer 2011 are fodder for any frugal crafter or high-fashion-loving DIY-er anywhere!  Definitely check it out if you […]

Zero Waste Fashion: New York Times Article

  photo: Fred R. Conrad, New York Times Remember that article I wrote on Zero Waste design waaaay back in January? Zero Waste is a concept of creating no cutting waste when cutting out the pattern pieces for the garment – all the pieces fit together like a puzzle, virtually eliminating the 15% of fabric […]