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Timothy Westbrook

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Timothy Westbrook is a sustainability driven fiber artist native to Wanakena in the northern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. Westbrook’s upbringing in the middle of the woods gave him a reverence for nature that inspired and continues to motivate his studio practice. ​The deeper social conversation of Westbrook’s work compares our throwaway culture to the inconsistencies of respect from human-to-human. He received a BFA in Fiber Arts and Material Studies from Syracuse University. His work has won numerous awards nationally and has been featured in publications from the Huffington Post to Italian Vogue. Currently based in Milwaukee, WI, just an hour and a half north of Chicago, Timothy now travels the world giving sustainability lectures, artist studio visits at both high school and colleges, makes guest appearances at charity fashion shows, and produces several major fashion events a year.

artist statement

Westbrook first gained national attention and recognition for his work, when he spoke at the GreenBiz conference in NYC in February of 2013. He went on to present at the Columbia Museum of Art in April of 2014 and the Chicago Green Festival in October of 2014 to continue to spread his message of obtainable sustainable lifestyles through everyday practices. Sustainability, to Westbrook, means low environmental impact in regard to waste and energy. He creates his work exclusively out of repurposed materials and uses non-electric equipment in his production. Using fairytales and mythology as an environmentalist metaphor he attempts to approach this somewhat gloomy topic with playfulness and a whimsical sensibility.

The Pfister Hotel 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence
Nine months after graduation, Timothy was selected to become the first Artist-in-Residence from out-of-state at the historic Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the youngest artist and the first non-painter.

Project Runway Season 12 Contestant
At the end of his residency, Timothy was courted by casting directors of, Lifetime’s, Project Runway to be a featured contestant on their twelfth season. He quickly gained the quirky title “Sustainicorn: the unicorn obsessed eco-nerd”


“Young Professionals Week” Milwaukee, WI Bubbler Award 2014

“Milwaukee Magazine’s Milwaukee’s Best” Milwaukee, WI Best Competitor 2013

“National Fossil Day Art Competition” Washington, DC First Place 2013

“TeslaCon” Steampunk Convention Middleton, WI November 2012 Staff’s Choice for a Historic Costume

“Repurposed Runway” at Redline Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI September 2012 Best Construction 

“Syracuse University Sustainability Showcase” Sustainability Fellow Syracuse, NY 2011


“"...quirky, undeniably talented low-impact artist..."”
Huffington Post