March Work In Progress Resident




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Timothy Westbrook creates clothing from post-consumer materials and fabrics destined for landfills. He transforms these found materials using non-electric sewing machines and floor looms, leaving zero environmental impact, and creating work that exists at the intersection of high fashion and performance art. Inspired by fairytales, mythology, and folklore, Timothy allows his found objects’ stories to inform their transformation.  The most notable example is his line of handmade raincoats made entirely from umbrellas rescued from the streets of New York City.



During his residency at Work In Progress, Timothy will be working in the development of his newest collection to be presented at New York Fashion Week this Fall. This collection is inspired by his historical research around the Statue of Liberty’s role in American mythology and its role as a symbol of freedom in a country where women had to fight for their right to vote. The garments in the collection will reflect Timothy's  critical political response to the slogan “liberty and justice for all” and how it has, like fabric, been stretched and warped through shifting political trends. By the end of the residency, Timothy opes to have completed twenty post-consumer looks, featuring materials such retired US flags, dried contact lenses, Victorian-era iron shackles, plastic bags, and more. 




You can visit Timothy's installation for Work In Progress by appointment from March 3 - 31 at TAC Manhattan studio, and learn more about his work and process during Artist Open Hours on Saturdays 2-5pm. To make an appointment please email





Timothy graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts with a BFA in Fiber Arts and Material Studies in 2011. In 2012, he was named the 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee WI. In 2013 Westbrook was featured on Season 12 of Project Runway. He has designed and created pieces for international drag superstar Trixie Mattel, the United States Figure Skating Team, Heidi Latsky Dance, Danceworks Milwaukee, and Ms. Wheelchair USA competition contestants.