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Timothy Westbrook

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Timothy Westbrook first skated on double blades on the river behind his house when he was two years old. When he was five his grandmother taught him how to sew. These passions have developed side by side competing for his time and focus. Growing up in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York he has always had a reverence for nature. When in college he quickly learned about fashion industries lack of consideration for the environment and ethical production. Creating storytelling events built around the visual language of a fashion show, he uses whimsical themes as a light hearted approach to social and environmental advocacy.

All of his work, including the items on display, is created out of repurposed materials from discarded fabrics to everyday "trash." For several of his events he has transported production materials from his studio to the venue using bicycle transportation. His work is created on a 1890's non-electric treadle sewing machine.

In the four short years Timothy has been in Milwaukee, he has collaborated with The Pfister Hotel, The Milwaukee Art Museum, Material Studios + Gallery, Danceworks, The Mitchell Park Domes, The Milwaukee Public Museum, Redbull, The Charles Allis Decorative Arts Museum, The Milwaukee Ballet, Art Milwaukee, Made in Milwaukee, Lake Geneva Historical Museum, 88 Nine Radio Milwaukee, The Wisconsin Figure Skating Club, Planned Parenthood, Wisconsin Handweavers Guild, Stone Creek Coffee, Vulture Space, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Make a Wish Foundation Wisconsin, and Discovery World.

You may recognize Timothy's name as a featured contestant on Season 12 of Lifetime's Project Runway. His work has been featured in Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, The Smithsonian, and many Milwaukee Publications. His work is in the permanent collections of The Pfister Hotel and the Zevia International Headquarters. He was the first non-painter, youngest, and first out-of-state, Artist-In-Residence of The Pfister Hotel.

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Racine Art Museum Donation Fund

The Racine Art Museum has the largest collection of of contemporary craft in the world. Timothy's "Alexis Rose" gown is woven from audio cassette tape on a non-electric floor loom and constructed using a non-electric treadle sewing machine. His use of craft and clothing construction in the contemporary context of "up-cycled fashion" makes his work a perfect candidate for the permanent collection. We are in the process of raising $10,000 to make this allocation happen.

Click the yellow "Support this Artist" button above or follow the link to make your donation today. Whether $1 or $100 your charitable contribution will make a difference!

$1,250 10/28/2015

Help us get to $10,000 by December 31st


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