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Countdown to Denver Arts Week: Civilized Living at Fancy Tiger Clothing

Denver Arts Week starts November 2 with a Know Your Arts First Friday. All week, we're previewing events that might fall within the parameters of Denver Arts Week, but aren't exclusive to its confines. Today's First Friday pick, Fancy Tiger Clothing's Civilized Living, is a monthly trunk show focusing on local designers, crafters and jewelry makers. But the November edition, Fancy Made, is unique in that Fancy Tiger will turn the spotlight on its own team: employees Becky Wareing Steele, Clare Strouss-Tallman, Nathan Hall and Lara Nickel, along with the shop's owner, Matthew Brown.

Continue reading to meet the artists and get a preview of what you'll find at Fancy Tiger from 7 to 10 p.m. this Friday.

See also: - Countdown to Denver Arts Week: Ravi Zupa at Black Book Gallery - Fancy Tiger's Civilized Living event returns for First Friday - What's in your bag? Khakis and Acne Paper magazine - Style Local: Matthew Brown, Fancy Tiger

Lara Nickel is an artist studying Spatial Media at Metro State University of Denver. Her Strange Ritual jewelry designs are inspired by geometric, Native American and architectural aesthetics. The use of patterns and trends from the everyday are used in a repetitive manner that becomes ritualistic in nature. Matthew Brown is the co-founder of the Fancy Tiger brand and has been screen-printing, sewing and creating jewelry for years. His pieces are a way to bring to the store the styles he can't find from other printers and jewelry-makers. Continue reading for more photos.

Becky Wareing Steele got her start with a button maker she purchased when she was nineteen. After years of pushing metal to image in the world of buttons, the drive for more creative outlets took over. Jewelry-making, dioramas, embroidery and crocheting helped her see the potential of becky's buttons & things. Clare Strouss-Tallman studied Fashion at the Art Institute. Her passion for styling and merchandising provided the basis to create her own line of jewelry. The collection she will be unveiling for Fancy Made focuses on the merging of natural and modern materials to create one- of-a-kind wearables.

Continue reading for more photos.

Nathan Hall is a composer and an artist. His passion for music led him to Iceland, where he discovered another love: jewelry design. Through his musical compositions, jewelry and performance, Hall explores the geography of his own experiences as well as the intimate topographical journey of the listener. For Fancy Made, Nathan will be showing his contemporary jewelry designs featuring Icelandic fish skin, lava and crocheted wire.

Find information on hundreds of other arts and entertainment events in our online Calendar.

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