Sunday, April 6, 2008

Puppet Show!

Saturday May 3rd at 1pm.
At the boutique
Free and open to everyone, young and old.

Fasten's own "Le Petit Forest" designer Sabrina Peterson, and her husband, published poet and educator, Josh Peterson master-mind this colorful children's event. Amazingly creative scenery, and loveable hand-made characters tell an educational story teaching the importance of listening. Stay afterwards for children's craft projects and snacks.

April's Featured Collection

This month, we're featuring our children's and baby items. We carry clothes, bibs, and accessories in sizes from newborn to 6yr. Designers include V-Gear, Rustbelt Fiberwerks, Papavier, Dimple Baby, Modesto, and Little Ocean.

Eco-friendliness is especially highlighted in our children's collections. They are our future, after all. Super cute retro fabrics compose vintage-inspired toddler dresses from Little Ocean. Rescued tees and onesies are refreshed with dye and original art screenprinted by Rustbelt Fiberwerks.

New items arrive weekly. Come in and bring your little sweetpea, we are a kid-friendly boutique!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Fine Craft & Art Sale

Fernwood Montessori School
Saturday April 26th 10am-4pm
3239 S Pennsylvania Ave, Bayview

Come see our booth at this fair to benefit Fernwood School. The organizers did a really good job of seeking out rad local artists to participate. I know there will be some awesome stuff there! Not to mention home-made baked goods and plants, and kid's activities!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Craft Night!

Our next Craft Night will be April 16th, 6-9pm.

Don't miss our monthly craft nights! It's a great chance to meet new people, share tips and ideas, and just do some crafting in a new and comfortable environment. Everyone is welcome to bring any sort of project that they're working on. Or come with nothing at all.

This month, for those of us who want to do a project along-side others, Little Ocean designer Janelle Gramling will be leading us in making and embellishing simple tote bags (all supplies provided).

Snacks and drinks are very appreciated.

Gallery Night

Photographs by Jenny Urbanek
Opening Reception
April 18th 6-9pm

Jenny Urbanek lives in Riverwest and has been taking photographs since high-school. She has been in a number of local and Midwest gallery exhibitions and has recently won awards for her photographs. Her interest in occult photography led her to develop a stylistic technique which allows her figures to become illuminated.

Join us on Gallery Night to meet the artist, check out her latest collection, and enjoy some refreshments.

Artist's Statement

Fairy tales play a large role in our culture's collective consciousness. As a small child I was hypnotized by stories of Prince Charming, magical castles and beautiful princesses distressed and then rescued by their soulmates. Growing older, I began to realize the concept of "Happily Ever After" had always been a farce, and that fairy tales were severely traumatic events with intense pain and suffering. It is strange that our culture's definition of "living a fairy tale life" has warped to be associated with a perfect existence free from problems or difficulty. On a societal level, we have lost the original meanings and intentions of FairyTales. They have been mutated, watered down, and sugarcoated countless times to aid the process of socialization. My interest is discovering the deep-seeded roots of these disturbing tales involving such issues as incest, cannibalism, and intense cruelty and illustrating them in a photographic way. They are, after all the bricks in the basement and the skeletons in the closet of Western culture.

Classes for April and May

To sign up for a class, please call 414-747-9229.
Or mail a check for the class fee along with your name, phone#, and the class date to:
Fasten Collective
2224 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Basic Sewing
Wednesday, April 23rd 6-9 pm
Saturday, May 17th 6-9 pm
Fee: $20
One day workshop for all those with an interest in garment making or repairing with little or no experience. Students will learn how to use their machines and with guided practice become comfortable with basic seams and hems. We will also discuss the basics of garment construction. Materials: Your machine and it’s manual. All other supplies provided.

Intermediate Sewing
April Date: Wednesday the 30th 6-9pm
May Date: Wednesday the 28th 6-9pm
Fee: $20
One day workshop. A follow up for students who have taken the basic sewing class, or for those with some experience. Students bring their own machines, and should already know how to use them well. The focus in this class is garment construction. Types of fabrics, notions, and tools are discussed. Design techniques such as draping, swiping, and patern-making are also discussed. Students will complete one garment. Materials: Sewing machine, 2 yards of stretch-knit fabric.

DIY Screen-Printing
Thursday April 24th 6-9 pm
Thursday May 22 6-9pm
Fee: $20
One day workshop. Learn the best tools and techniques for in-home screen-printing. Through demonstrations explore stretching screens, image prep, drawing and photo emulsion, exposing screens and the printing process. Supplies: all provided.

Novice Knitting
Wednesday April 9th 6-9 pm
Wednesday May 21st 6-9 pm
Fee: $25
A one day workshop for beginning knitters or those with some experience. Beginners will learn basic knit and pearl, those with some experience will be taught some more technical and complicated techniques. Students will choose one apparel project to design and complete Supplies: Please bring one pair of needles size 5 or larger. One skein of yarn will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own.

Beautiful Beads
Saturday April 19th 1-3 pm
Saturday May 3rd 1-3pm
Fee: $20
One day workshop. Mix colors and shapes or add charms to express your own style. We will discuss basic techniques, as wells as beading supplies as you discover how to create stunning strung necklaces and bracelets. There will be a selection of beads provided to accent your own or swap with others. No experience or tools needed just fun. Supplies: Please bring 2-3 packages of beads (6-12 count) or 2 strands of beads. All Other supplies provided.

Basic Hand Sewing and Embroidery
Tuesday April 8th 6-9pm
Tuesday May 20 th 6-9 pm
Fee: $25
One day workshop. Learn basic hand stitching and embroidery techniques. These skills can be useful for all types of sewing and projects and inspire great additions to all your sewing projects. Basics stitches, their uses, and the techniques for using them will be discussed and practiced. Students will create a small appliqué purse using their newfound embroidery knowledge.
Supplies: All supplies will be provided