Thursday, July 31, 2008

Craft Night!

Wed August 13th 6-9pm
2224 S Kinnickinnic Ave

Come once again to our monthly craft night. Fun times are had by all. Bring your own project from home (sewing machines and advice is available) or make something with the group. This month, our group project is tote bags! Little Ocean designer, Janelle, will show us how to stitch up some easy bags and even embellish them too. Bring a snack or drink to share.

August Classes

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

Basic Sewing
Wednesday, August 27th 6-9pm
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
Wednesday September 24th, 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 pattern-making are also discussed. Students will complete one garment. Materials: Sewing machine, 2 yards of stretch-knit fabric.

DIY Screen-Printing
Thursday August 14th, 6-9 pm
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.


-All workshops will be held at Fasten in Bay View

-Students are expected to bring their own machines, however, there is a house machine available for a $5 usage fee.

-Students receive a 40% discount on supplies purchased at Fasten during the month of class.

-Students must sign up at least one week before the class date.

-Call 414-747-9229 to pay by credit card, Or mail a check with your name, address, phone number, and the class title to
Fasten Collective
2224 S Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53207

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Craft Night

Tuesday July 22nd

Stop into Fasten on the 22nd and enjoy the company of crafty friends in a craft atmosphere. Bring a project! Expert sewing advice, and extra tools and supplies are available. Or join in on a "Treat Tree" building project hosted this month by V-Gear's designer Vonn. The project will be a colorful blossoming candy topiary; all supplies are provided. The fun starts at 6pm and continues til 9pm. Share a snack or drink if you can.

Gallery Night is July 25th

Join us Friday July 25th from 6-9pm for a reception for "Stitched, Painted and Put on Display: Drama Rama" work by Leah Kwarciany.

This Southeastern Wisconsin native has won several scholarships and awards for her multi-media work, and has shown in several exhibitons, including the current show in the Schneider Gallery in UW Stevens Point, where she currently studies.

Artist Statement

"My current work is all about combinations. I’ve come to realize after doing a bit of self-reflecting that I find myself and so many other women to be complicated combinations of traditional femininity and abrasive modernity. What I am working through is getting these opposing ideas to visually come together by combining soft, elegant feminine details and ragged heavy-handedness into one entity, because goddamnit I don’t need anything from anybody but would you like some cookies while you’re waiting?"

"I’m very interested in details, contrast and design. I love a good strong line…and also a crazy, unpredictable one now that I think about it. I also really enjoy bright, synthetic, melt-your-retinas color. I enjoy working with mixed media because it allows me to expand my visual ideas into what I like to envision as a jewelry box of colors, patterns, and textures. Organized chaos in primaries and shiny secondaries, if you will."

"Honestly, I’ve got some pretty special artistic relationships going on right now with glittery stuff, overused iconic imagery (that’s right--farm animals and kitchen utensils), bad caricatures and ugly fabrics. Really I just strive to make work that has the charisma of a candy store with neon signs and a dedicated owner."

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Featured Designer

Becky Tesch is the designer behind the bike-part earrings, bracelets, and cuffs that we carry under the label My Mish Mosh. She is a recyling wonderwoman, and can turn almost any discarded item into art or fashion. Inspired as we are, we decided to interview her as our featured designer this month.

How did MyMishMosh get started?
Well, I have always made stuff and I've been repuropsing things since I was a little kid. I always hated throwing things away. I Loved "The Littles" on Sesame street, I thought thier car with button wheels was so great, and thier trash can was a toothpaste cap! I loved it! I studied and made art all through high school and college. I moved to AZ in October of 01, after graduating. I still kinda thought MKE was a boring town back then, so I went out into the world looking for adventure. I came back for a visit and saw a call for artists for the first Art Vs Craft. I also saw an early ad for Kunzelmann-esser lofts, and I couldn't belive that was happening in Milwaukee without me! I started looking at Indie craft stuff on line and thought: "Holy shit, when did this start?!?!?!?!? That's it! that's my thang, that's my ship! I better not miss it! so I looked at all the stuff I had been making, and thought about what I could do to recycle, get suplies for cheap or for free, and be a part of the inde, DIY craft wave. After about 3 years of small town desert life, we moved back to MKE, and I jumped in with all kinds of good stuff I had dreamed up while living in the desert. I got a sellers permit, put up a website, opened and Etsy store, adn started applying to shows!

My fiance and I are also bicycle people. We especially LOVE mountain biking. We commute to work and run errands and go out at night by bike here in town every chance we get. I ride my bike to work every day I possibly can, inclding a lot of winter days.

So, I had been making jewelry and thinking about design, and riding bikes for years and had all these bike parts laying around. I looked at some of the bike parts one day and thought "hey, those could be beads..." The bike part jewelry was born.

The duct tape stuff came to me in high school. my memory isn't really clear anymore on how that all happened, but I started making wallets, and the purses were the next logical step. And of course I make lots of other things too... Picture frames and keyholders and sculptures and furniture and stuff. All of it just comes out of fidgety hands, the pack rat instinct, and some happy madness in my head.

What materials do you use, and where do you get them?
Mostly spent bicycle parts, which I get from Crank Daddy's Bicycle Works. They have a little box in the service department with a sign on it that says to save junk for me, and they do! I have more than I can use most of the time. The junk I use for sculptures and other things is just found on the street usually. You see a lot more stuff when you're on a bike than in a car, and I stop and pick it up. I order Duct Tape on line. (I'm sure I'm on a government list somewhere for ordering copious amounts of duct tape... ) I also have a running offer for cyclists of all stripes: Anyone who donates a used chain to me gets a free bracelet out of thier own chain!

Are you inspired by a particular asthetic or culture?

Definitly inspired by the DIY stuff, Make mag, Readymade mag, Stuff on ETSY, folk art, art history, I love the Dada people... And I'm super cheap. I like the idea of making stuff out of garbage. "Materials can be free" a wise old professor told me that once, and I've never forgotten it. also, america is sucha wealthy and wasteful place. One can do quite well with that kind of trash! I love stuff that I find at rummage sales and thrift stores.

What do you get the most enjoyment from creating?
That's a tough one. I think I most enjoy the moment when I come up with something new, like the new bike tube cuffs I've been making. I had always wanted to make cuffs, and then thought of using the popped bike inner tubes. The moment where I figured out how to make laces and attach ribbon was so great! I got realy excited adn couldn't even make them fast enough.

Will you be at any craft shows in the coming months?

Yes, I will be very busy!!!
I will be at the South shore Froliks on July 13th,
in Chicago at the Pitchfork Music Festival July 18-20. this music festival has a craft section run by the people who put on the DEPART-ment shows in Chicago. That's going to be amazing!
Sputnikfest in Manitowoc September 5 & 6th

I'll also be at Vital Surce on Gallery Night and Day July 25th and 26th.

Hopefully I'll be at the Discovery World market in August and December.

And you can see some of my handi-work in the Insurgent Theatre's productions at the Alchemist Theatre. Performances are the second, third, and fourth weekends in July. I made some sweet props.