The Unofficial Jenni Radosevich Wiki
Whether you know the DIY superstar Jenni Radosevich through her website, her television appearances, or her book, there's a good chance you have learned how to make or fix something through her wisdom. We've put together some information on how she got where she is to help you understand what it takes to be able to really do it yourself.
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- I Spy DIY is Radosevich's own entry.
- Girls to the Front is a history of the punk movement Riot Grrrl, which helped turn DIY into a lifestyle.
- Stolen Sharpie Revolution mixes a discussion of the history of self-published books with tips on how to make your own.
- Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual covers all kinds of home improvement projects that will save you money on contractors.
- Rise of the Videogame Zinesters shows you how and why to take DIY ethics into new and surprising places, like video game development.
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Jenni Radosevich was born in the town of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She began exploring DIY at an early age. She had a preoccupation with fashion magazines and started a collection of tear sheets for inspiration. The inaccessibility of high fashion, as well as the difficulty of procuring it in her hometown stores, led her to make her own versions of high end pieces. These custom pieces often came out lopsided or underwhelming as she learned her craft.
Her persistence and passion enabled her to develop skills and clever tricks through constant practice. Eventually her pieces started to receive compliments and queries which fueled her to turn her craft into a career. She ended up attending University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied journalism and magazine design. She continued her accessory making and crafts while taking art classes on the side.
She moved to New York and got a job as a graphic designer at InStyle Magazine in 2006. There she was constantly exposed to the kind of design she obsessed about when she was still back home collecting tear sheets. Confronted with the same problem of high end fashion's price tag, she turned to her DIY skills and crafted her own custom accessories and clothes that recreated the fashion that she couldn't afford.
It wasn't long before editors took notice and she was asked to do a story that featured her skill of recreating high end fashion at home. Readers responded extremely well, and the editors of InStyle decided to give her a monthly column. Her website for her do-it-yourself fashion took off shortly after.
In 2012, she released her book I Spy DIY Style. The book included thirty projects inspired by celebrities, runway fashion, and classic styles. Although far from haute couture, it helps first time crafters start doing it themselves. The styles may not be trendy or to everyone's liking, but the tips and tricks can be useful on any number of other projects.
In 2017, she bought a 125-year-old home with four friends with the intention of flipping it. It began purely as a business venture, but eventually they turned it into a house renovation show aired on HGTV as My Flippin' Friends. The pilot was shot in Milwaukee and featured Jenni and her friends renovating the old home over the span of three months.
Jenni always keeps herself busy and works full-time on her website, which she updates with projects, room makeovers and home renovation. She has also developed her own craft supplies under her I Spy DIY brand as well as partnering with Darby Smart to produce DIY kits. On top of her schedule she hosts events and classes, and does segments for television and the internet. Her guest appearances and contributions can be seen on the Martha Stewart Show, the Rachael Ray Show, Today, NY1, CNN.com, the Wall Street Journal, and various YouTube channels.