When Paula Bullwinkel, our 4th Behind the Scene Designer, isn’t designing couture trash fashion, she works as an artist and art instructor at COCC. I’m always blown away by the strong lines that flow through Paula’s designs. She get’s the human form, and from this, transforms the materials into an extension of the wearer. Here’s a peak into Paula’s process of transforming trash and inspiring community for a more sustainable earth.
Artist 4 – Paula Bullwinkel
RR: How did you get started as a trash fashion designer?
PB: I found extra stuff around my house and I like to imagine something new out of something old or mundane.
RR: What inspires your creations?
PB: I’m inspired by Japanese couture from 1980’s and 1990’s, and 1950’s party dresses.
RR: What is one thing you want to say to all the aspiring young designers?
PB: Art can be wearable.
RR: What is your current goal as a Trash Fashion Designer?
PB: I would like to find some really unusual materials in a junk or thrift shop to make something nobody has seen before. I would like to construct something huge and gorgeous.
There’s no question in my mind that Paula Bullwinkel will “construct something huge and gorgeous” for this year’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. Come out and get a glimpse on Thursday, January 15th.
Tickets on sale December 15th. Purchase online at rubbishrenewed.com through eventbrite, at REALMS Charter School in Bend (63175 OB Riley Road), or at Wabi Sabi (downtown Bend / 830 NW Wall St).