Ruby Swanson Designer Profile

Ruby found Rubbish Renewed in 2011 with “River Trash,” a crazy mash up of, you got it, river trash. But when I think of Ruby as a designer, it’s sleek style that she brings to our show. We can’t wait to see what she has in store this year! Learn more about Ruby and her vision in this designer profile.

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2015 – Stay Toastie at the Game; Materials: Vintage wool blanket; Photo by Tambi Lane

RR: What do I do in real life?

RS: My profession is Dental Hygienist (adore my job). For play time I alpine ski in winter, hike, bike, whitewater kayaking/rafting and fly fish etc. and travel when I can. Basically, live the Central Oregon dream!

RR: What hooked you on the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Event?

RS: I love sewing and creating costumes. Halloween is my favorite “holiday”. I grew up with parents that both worked in Hollywood (Disney and Walter Lance studios) in the 50s. That was a big part of the fun times we had our whole life.

RR: What inspires your creations?

RS: I mostly like to work with fabric and reconstruction creating pieces that are truly

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2016 – Mountain Splendor: Materials: Old wool blanket, yarn, leather, yard debris; Photo by Joy Mitsui

wearable. I worked in theater costumes and much of what we did was reconstruction due to a limited budget. Talk about the need to be creative! Necessity is the mother of invention.

RR: What is the one thing you want to say to all aspiring designers?

RS: With all the problems in our world with waste and consumerism it’s important to re-purpose and be creative. It’s also important to be your authentic self. What better way than to express yourself through fashion. Much of the worlds high fashion has been inspired by young people! Be the new “look”!

RR: What is your current goal as a fashion designer?

RS: Its always been about what fills my heart and soul. It’s about fun!

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