I spend most of the evening behind the curtain. I get to feel the nerves of the young models before they take their first step, sending them onto the runway. And about a minute later, I get to experience their exhilaration when they step behind the curtain again. My favorite moment Saturday night was when 4th grade designer/model, Laila, supported each nervous model (students and adults alike) behind her, “it’s like a roller coaster. Before you go, you are so nervous, and once you are out there, it’s awesome!”
Because of my physical placement during the runway, I get to experience it most vividly through my interactions with people, the photos that will follow, and the stories that continue throughout the year. Last night Dirk, the Realms Middle School principal sent us an email, with a sentiment that I wanted to share, “. . . there is also the intangible human impact on the region that ripples out over the course of a year, the conversations around dinner tables, young people connecting with elders over a sewing machine, people dreaming and following those dreams until they create something new from something old. It’s human electricity, and it’s what makes the earth such a great place to live!”
Thank you Bend for embracing the mission of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, “transforming trash, inspiring community for a sustainable earth,” and making our community such a great place to live!