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UW-Green BaySummer Camps

Fashion Design

Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Coco Chanel. Are you the next big name in fashion? Come explore the fast-paced world of a fashion designer, model, and stylist. You will be coming up with new fashion ideas, and producing original outfits to rock our runway, under the guidance of the fabulous Ahliah Brazeau and Nina Perkins. They are ready to help you make a bag to rival that of Coco Chanel's! Be ready to upcycle, alter, and embellish your way to the runway. You can cut, dye, sew, embellish, or paint your designs in may unique ways!

Please note: the fashion campers will embark on a journey to the local thrift store during camp. Please send them with a small amount of money (perhaps $10) that can be spent on extra supplies during this trip.

June 30-July 3, 2014 (Day Camp Only)
For campers entering grades 6-9

Online registration for this camp has now closed. To register, please call 920-465-2775.

(If you are entering grades 8 or 9 in the Fall, you may register for the High School Summer Art Studio Camp if you wish to stay in the campus dorms as a resident camper).


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, Make 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 has always returned to a needle, thread, and fabric as a base to express what she sees inside her head.  I look beyond the three dimensional form, in people as well as objects, to see the potential often unseen by others.  Then use primarily textile manipulation and mixed media to bring it forward, to show the world her vision of possibility.

Because of her heritage (Ojibwa) she has also developed the belief in looking forward and doing my 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.

As an alumni of the Summer Arts Studio's Fashion Design class, Nina Perkins has been sewing and creating garments since middle school. She loves re-working old clothes from thrift stores into new and exciting outfits as well as creating pieces from scratch. From high fashion to street style, Nina loves to pour over fashion magazines and blogs dedicated to the fun of fashion. She is excited to share her love of this world with her students. Nina is spending this year in England and will return to Summer Art Studio full of fashion inspiration from the streets of London.


Daily Class Hours:

  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Wednesday
  • 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on Thursday (The Final Exhibition Show will be from 3:00-4:00pm. Campers will be dismissed when the show has concluded).

Commuter Camp Fee:

  • $279 (includes instruction, lunch, and a camp t-shirt)
  • Lab Fee: $15

Click Here To Download 2014 Class Supply List

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. Tradewinds, of Green Bay, will pre-package your supply orders and will deliver them the first morning of camp. More information about this service will be described in your supply list letter. Minimal supplies are actually needed for most classes and others are suggested to enhance the 'experimental' aspect of the class. Please call or e-mail us if you have questions.


Campers must select TWO classes -
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