Is it refuse or Ralph Lauren? You'd never know with the new influence of trashion in fashion! After a fun journey to a local thrift shop, you will be ready to create your own designer duds under the tutelage of Ahliah Brazeau and Nina Perkins. You may create your own patterns, hand and machine sew them, fashioning completely original haute couture. Alternately, you may focus on trashion and upcycle unique objects into a wearable work of art. All creations will make their debut on the runway during our Friday exhibition. Please bring $10 for the field trip to the thrift store.
June 21-26, 2015
For campers entering grades 8-12+
Instructors: Ahliah Brazeau and Nina Perkins
Ahliah (Tess) Brazeau was raised in a family that lived by the adage: "Use it up, wear it out, Mame it do, or do without."
Sometimes it was just to be frugal but often it was out of necessity. She was also taught that things didn't need to be dull or boring, or even stay the same thing. You could redecorate, recreate, or in today's lingo, "Upcycle". Seeing the potential in one thing to be useful in creating another different or better object is a way of life for her now.
Though she's dabbled, and sometimes excelled, in many different mediums, she always returned to a needle, thread, and fabric as a base to express what she sees inside her head. She looks beyond the three dimensional form, in people as well as objects, to see the potential often unseen by others. Then uses primarily textile manipulation and mixed media to bring it forward, to show the world her vision of possibility.
Because of her heritage (Ojibwa) she's also developed the belief in looking forward and doing her best to ensure the next seven generations are taken care of. She uses objects purchased from thrift stores, friends, family or even things that catch her eye while just passing by. To the best of her ability she uses green alternatives in all of her art.
Nina Perkins has been sewing and creating garments since middle school as an alumni of the Summer Arts Studios Fashion Design class. She loves re-working old clothes from thrift stores into new and exciting outfits as well as creating pieces from scratch. Whether it be high fashion from the runway or just street style, Nina loves to pour over fashion magazines and blogs dedicated to the fun of fashion, and is excited to share her love of this world with her students.
Daily Class Hours:
- 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Thursday
- 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on Friday (The Final Exhibition Show will be from 3:00-4:00pm. Campers will be dismissed when the show has concluded).
- Commuter Fee: $295 (includes instruction, lunch, and camp t-shirt)
- Resident Fee: $579 (includes instruction, room, meals, counselor supervision, evening activity transportation, and camp t-shirt). The cost of evening activities will vary depending on the camper's choice. It is recommended that campers bring $25-$30 with them to camp for activities and snacks.
- Class Lab Fee: $15
Guest Faculty and Artists
Campers will be taught by some of the finest teachers and professional artists from across the state. Click here for more information about this summer’s Art Camp faculty.
A NOTE ABOUT SUPPLY LISTS: The supply list linked to each class are suggestions. You are not required to purchase everything on the list. These supplies can be purchased at an art supply store OR at craft stores, e.g. Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Ben Franklin, Walmart. Minimal supplies are actually needed for most classes and others are suggested to enhance the 'experimental' aspect of the class." Please call or send us an e-mail if you have questions.