Triptophonic Studios is celebrating its new space with a bit of whimsy.
The studio reopened with a “soft opening” on Friday, May 6, and is now getting ready for its first event, the Secret Garden Fashion Show.
That event will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the garden behind the studio’s new location.
Triptophonic Studios moved across the street in King and is now located next to Cate’s Gourmet on County Trunk QQ.
“It just happened that it was for rent,” said Angela Little. “I think it’s perfect for what we want to do.”
She and her husband, Mark, opened the studio in 2009 and are excited about having outdoor art classes.
Their studio showcases artists and features such things as paintings, jewelry, glassware and clothing.
“We’re still promoting handmade and one of a kind,” she said.
Little describes the upcoming fashion show as “Alice in Wonderland-esque.”
It will feature designers from Minnesota through Wisconsin who will showcase professional custom runway looks with modern editorial styling, she said. The designers are Brooke Burch, Alice Kossow, Jeanne Weymouth and Khamphian Vang.
Iota Photo will have a photo booth and also photograph the models and designers. Styling will be courtesy of Salon Arian in King.
“We decided to do more on fashion this time,” Little said. “We will continue to have artwork, but we are trying to recruit more designers. We want to sell their apparel and accessories.”
Both she and her husband are graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – he with a communications degree and she with a degree in arts management.
Little said she connected with one of the designers, who will be featured in the show, after that designer wanted to use Little’s handmade jewelry at an event in Minneapolis.
Triptophonic’s fashion show is a free event. The garden will be unveiled that day, and Little says those coordinating the day’s event will all be dressed in blue that day.
“They will be the ‘Alices,'” she said. “There will be food and refreshments. It will be a tea party like Alice had in the Wonderland.”
Little explained why she chose that as the theme for the fashion show.
“I love that story. I think a lot of people love the dreamy part of it,” she said.
Seating for the fashion show will be limited. To check on the availability of seats, call 715-252-1421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be room for those who do not mind standing.
If it rains, the event will be held at Chain O’ Lakes Bar & Grill in King.
Each designer being featured in the fashion show will showcase approximately seven pieces.
The Mark Little Band will provide music, and following the fashion show, there will be an arts reception. Featured will be the designers and the studio’s in-house artists.
People will be able to purchase apparel from the designers and artwork that has been secured from throughout the area, as well as from Singapore and Malaysia.
Little said two of the artists being featured – Durra Hanna and Evangelione Handmade – are from Malaysia and have been in international publications.
“We’re trying to bring city art and fashion here,” Little said.
And, she said it will be the first of several events planned for the season, with the idea to introduce and showcase a different trend each month.
Other ideas include her husband offering guitar lessons.
Little said they are excited about their new space and that their reopening and fashion show is part of what she calls an “artsy day.”
That same evening, the Phantom Art Galleries will be unveiled in downtown Waupaca, on the corner of Main and Fulton streets.