RunUp 2012 Preview

My conference at the Pfister Hotel today was the perfect excuse to drop in and see their artist-in-residence, Timothy Westbrook. I had been hearing great things on how he was making fabrics from recycled materials and was excited to see it myself. He’s also going to be one of the designers at RunUp 2012 on Friday so I really wanted a chance to meet him.

I found Timothy on the first floor in his workroom. He was a lot of fun and had a great bubbly personality. He told me that he was inspired by his beautiful surroundings while growing up in Wanakena, New York, to create designs that would raise environmental consciousness. There are several things on display in his workshop in the Pfister that you can stop by any time and check out.  He’ll be there until March so be sure to drop in and say hi.

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This gorgeous scarf was woven old with cassette tapes.

 

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Here’s another piece still in progress on the loom.

 

An adorable dress made from Pfister umbrellas

I asked if he could give me any insights or previews on what to expect on the runway Friday night and he said to look closely at the details. Some of the jackets have old MRI scans, there are more pieces using the cassette tape, and one of the dresses has some of the Pfister umbrella material in the train. He was willing to let me take one preview picture of  a pair of shoes. If you look closely, you’ll see that they are made from hundreds of tiny punches taken out of a Strongbow cider can.

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So if you want to see Timothy’s pieces as well as pieces from many other great designers, join me at RunUp 2012.  RunUp is an amazing fashion event and this year will be 1920’s themed!  I’m going to be the online host for the evening with live updates on Twitter (follow @barelypractical and look for hashtag #runup2012) and also posting pics and updates to the RunUp Facebook page.  If you can’t make the event, join the party online!

 

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