Festa gets a Project Runway Artisan

1016045_10151735196844066_1006922954_nFesta this year will be supporting Italian Artisan Timothy Westbrook who is showcased this week on Project Runway, Lifetime Television. Timothy appears in this seasons episodes and also at Festa Italiana July 19th-21st on the north end of the summerfest grounds in the Fine Art Tent.

TimTimothy Portolio for the Lifetimes Project Runway can be seen here: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/season-12/designers/Timothy-Westbrook#

Timothy Westbrook is a fiber artist who focuses on costume, performance and installation art. Check out his studio at the Shops of Grand Avenue in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
I do not pretend to have all of the answers but I will admit to trying to find them.
Artist Statement
Principals of Practice: The goal of zero-impact is rather contradictory simply because to live is to have an impact. So change it to LOW-impact and you have a humorous approach to artwork with “Low-Impact Art.” So the new goal is zero-WASTE. Which is often confused as “take this rectangular fabric and make a muumuu wrap dress.” I simply mean do not throw anything away that is not biodegradable. To prevent becoming a hoarder of garbage, simply avoid purchasing virgin materials that do not biodegrade. When it comes to electrical appliances, I am much too new in energy-supported society to find alternative methods for everything. For now I enjoy my treadle sewing machine and floor loom both non-electric. There are also a few different low/zero energy options for laundry that I need to look into as well.Conceptually: In the movie “Big Fish” we are presented with the tall-tales of a loving father who wanted to share a more exciting version of his life to a son that he was often away from. Thinking positively about the magical adventures of his father, the boy was not thinking about his father’s absence. In one of the stories we see a circus ringmaster, the employer of the father when he was younger, transform into a werewolf. It was my interpretation of this story that the ringmaster in truth was an alcoholic and that the transformation was a metaphor for the abusive drunk he would become. This is my approach to artwork. I represent my world through childlike eyes for something more illogical and fantastical. Conversely I have examined the origin of some common fairytales to find that their origins are completely logical and realistic but this makes their stories even more magical because of their plausibility. The story of Snow White is based on a real person (I’m still conducting research to see if it is a fabricated story) Margarete von Waldeck. These two overlapping ideas are an attempt to explore how my perception worked as a child and how those views function in my life today.

Here is a post from Facebook on the watching of the season Premire of Project Runway
In partnership with Alexis Rose, join us on Thursday, July 18th for a special premiere viewing party and fashion show celebrating our former Artist-in-Residence, and season 12 Project Runway contestant, Timothy Westbrook.Tickets are $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Timothy’s Milwaukee Artist Resource Network Micro Fellowship (www.artsinmilwaukee.org/profiles/1137/).

Attendees are encouraged to wear clothing that they consider to be “Timothy Westbrook inspired.” Prizes will be awarded for the three best-dressed attendees.

The TENTATIVE schedule for this event is as follows:
• 6-7pm – Cocktails
• 7-7:30pm – Fashion Show
• 7:30-8pm – Timothy talking (Not confirmed)
• 8-9/10pm – Premiere viewing (either a 1 or 2 hour episode)
• 9-10pm OR 10-11pm – Mingling/Celebrating


*Elyse Cizek – Creative Director

*Megan Zarnott – Assistant Director
*Linda Marcus Design – Handbags

*Zita Bridal – Gowns


In the meantime, follow updates for Project Runway on their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/projectrunway


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