About Rubbish Renewed

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show fuses environmental responsibility, funky fashion and community. Join other socially conscious individuals for an evening of sustainable fashion, showcasing styles that the future demands. We invite you to reconsider the value of trash and celebrate the creative, sustainable spirit of Bend. Started by two educators and rooted in a love of fashion, an appreciation of art and a passion for the planet, Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is a fundraising event for REALMS Charter School. An eclectic, wearable art runway show, a live and silent auction, and a gallery style marketplace (where contributing local artists sell and showcase their work), will showcase how we “fashion” our lives while lessoning waste.

Who will you cast your Business Challenge ballot for?

Nine local businesses are putting their trash fashion creativity to the test by competing in this year’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show’s 8th Business Challenge. Each year a group of businesses come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy.  Bring your friends and your voting block, to support your pick to win the Business Challenge!

Returning businesses:

The Bend Area Habitat for Humanities Restore – The fashion forward trash fashionistas from ReStore bring us their 8th Business Challenge.  This dedicated team have competed every year, and currently hold the Coveted Trash Trophy! ReStore certainly embodies the notion of sustainability as a way of life.

BarrioBarrioCrop – In for their 3rd Business Challenge, Save the Bull, is a matador inspired piece made from garbage bound items from Barrio’s restaurant. Before switching tBBT design concepto paper straws, the staff collected used plastic straws from empty margaritas over a few months period. Photo just in! We know designer Paris Draheim, is a master material manipulator!

BBT Architects – This group of creative folks are competing in their 3rd challenge. They bring material manipulation at its best. This photo (to the right) is a computer generated concept image of what is to come, all created out of IMG_9800post rebranding, obsolete, business cards.

Brave Collective – Jen Riker, owner of Brave Collective, was inspired when she accompanied her son on the Realms 6th grade fieldwork trip to the Portland Food Bank. In their 2nd Business Challenge they have created their piece out of plastic red mesh onion bags and labels.

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Giant Loop – For their 2nd Business Challenge, the Giant Loop team created this 20’s and 60’s inspired shift dress from over 100 2-inch ykk zippers, nylike webbing, quick release cams and assorted buckles and reflective ribbon tape. This fabulous ensembles purpose is to encourage you to shift your thinking into a greener world.

Moonfire and Sun – is back for it’s 2nd Business Challenge with another Simone Kujak created piece. We’ve seen Simone transform rubbish into red carpet ready fashion from our early shows. This year, garden waste from  broken pottery and burlap to rubber bands from pottery packaging will come alive on the runway.

New this year:

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Bend Velo – As the bike commuting and touring hub of Bend, Bend Velo not only by their very nature, screams sustainability (keeping cars off the road), they also create the classy J Livingston line of retro commuter bikes re-purposed from old mountain bike frames. Designer Karen Holm designed “Raven Warrior” from the RR5biggest bike related waste . . . the inner tubes.

Bigfoot Beverages – For their first Business Challenge, seasoned designer/model, DeeDee Johnson created a piece out of beverage packaging. Big Foot has a small environmental footprint for a business its size. They converted their fleet to biodiesel fuel, use electric IMG951818forklifts, and hybrid vehicles are available to sales personnel.

Lonza – “Rubbish Royalty” is Lonza’s first foray into Rubbish Renewed fashion. This is the most enthusiastic team, creating 3 pieces with 5 designers! The leading supplier in life science industries, and the research center of the company, we love that they are placing sustainability at the core.

Who will you cast your Business Challenge ballot for?

This is just a sneak peak of what is to come this Friday Night at the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. Get your tickets today!

 

Rubbish Renewed 1st Auction Remembered

Designing a piece with my dad was on my bucket list. So, I came up with an idea using old canvas from a deteriorating, retired tipi to create a 19th century style chief’s coat. With the huge amount of material available in the shelter, even though riddled with holes, plenty was structural. Dad happened to have an historical piece he received from an old friend, that was the perfect model to inspire the style. From that, I created a mock up in my build-first-pattern-later technique. Dad’s part was to draw plains pictograph style horse and riders, reminiscent of dew cloth designs from the same time period, with Sharpie the preferred medium. I finished the body and delivered it to Seattle. While I waited for its return, I adorned the placket with geometric patterns typical of parfleche designs, also with sharpie, and painted the cuffs and collar in rich, royal blue.

Title: Sunwise      Designers: Karen Holm and Bill Holm     

The piece came together in time for our first marketing photo shoot at Tambi Lane Photography. My 19-year-old nephew had moved to Bend from Belgium, and I strong-armed him into modeling the piece. We selected a small group of pieces to auction and made sure to photograph them. The pictures out on social media, I peppered friends with emails, knowing that something as unique as this, with my dad as one of the artist’s, could be an auction highlight. Luckily, I knew people who would want and appreciate the piece, what I didn’t understand, was there were Bendites who would bid big too!

The runway show tops the charts for style and fun, but remember it’s a fundraiser. The pieces presented for auction are donated by the generosity of artists in order to support REALMS! Come and bid to win a one-of-a-kind, wearable and displayable art piece!

Over our 8 years, Karen Holm’s pieces have raised more than $8,000 for REALMS unique education and are in collections from British Columbia to Bend.

Get your tickets today for the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, Friday January 25th, 2019

 

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!

1 Week to Design Submission Deadline

Just 1 week until the submission deadline on Friday, December 21st. Remember that you do not need to have your garment completed, but the further along you are, the easier it is for the jury to recognize your vision in your photos and artist renderings. Read the material guidelines carefully.  Here is the link to the Submission Application and Guidelines. It doesn’t hurt to get your submission in early – they are starting to roll in!

It’s just 3 easy steps to submit a garment:  Complete the form, use the included PayPal link to pay your submission fee, and email your photos to rubbishrenewed@gmail.com by 4pm Friday, December 21st 2018.

What are you creating?

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show – Friday, January 25th 2019!

Birth of Rubbish Renewed – Part 2: the Covert Creation of Show 1

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Click on the image for the 2010 Runway Gallery

In 2010 we blindly stumbled our way into the Bend community. Administrators and colleagues warned us not to take on such a foolish project, but powered by a growth mindset, we covertly gathered together a few creative and talented friends to fill the opening voids of planning and marketing a runway show event. We believed in the mission, and surely the cause, so what was to stop us!

Lucky for us, people and businesses glommed on to the idea! The Century Center provided the perfect venue – huge open space, a modular stage and few rules. Sponsors jumped in: ReStore, the Environmental Center, Camp Nor’wester, RR_Logo_onlyand Sara Bella supported with funds; Boneyard and Plum crafted our bar; and Tambi Lane Photography took marketing portraits and offered to shoot the show. We came up with a name, and friends suggested we create an image and a tag line for people to recognize. We got some media on board with the Source, True North Parenting Magazine, and Abracadabra printed our posters. And we pulled together a unique market place of local like-minded artists to add to the evening event. Then all we had to do was produce a show . . .

As the momentum grew, so did our fear of failure. We scrambled to the last minute and opened with one runway. Link here to the 2010 Gallery showing pieces that made this first event the catalyst to what we are today. Enjoy our humble beginnings.

Here are a few images from our photo shoot at Tambi’s several weeks before the show.

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Click here for Birth of Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show – Part 1

 

Hailey Kavanagh – Designer Profile

Hailey Kavanagh appeared in our inbox on the Rubbish Renewed 2016 submission deadline, and blew us away with her creativity and attention to detail! Since then, she has submitted several garments each year. Her vision, and manipulation of materials are next to none. Now off at design school, Rubbish Renewed remains part of her hometown beginnings. Enjoy perusing her interview and pieces from the past. What will Hailey inspire us with this year?

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 21st!

RR: What do you do in real life when you’re not designing?

HK: I attend Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in Fashion Design.  I am in my sophomore year, so even when I am not designing for this show, I am always designing.

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

HK: I started out in design using recycled materials.  My high school art teacher suggested this show after I did a recycled show in Salem and this show stuck out because of the professionalism and showcasing the designers as well as the work.

RR: What inspires your creations?

HK: I like movement, whether it is the way it lays on the body or the materials themselves.

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

HK: If you make a mess, clean it up for your parent’s sanity (trust me!) and enjoy experimenting.  Always have fun with new ideas.  No matter what, you are turning trash into something new and beautiful, and that in itself is a success!

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

HK: To continue to come up with creative and unique designs that make the audience gasp.

The Green Room: Styling at its Best

What happens behind the scenes is essential to a professional looking show. When Rubbish Renewed began, we knew that good styling was the “frame” that highlighted the art on the runway. This meant, if we wanted our event to be taken seriously, we needed to create some fantastic “frames.” Luckily, Allison Murphy jumped in early with a stylist’s eye. She shaped the vision and we all scrambled to find a smattering of talented, volunteer hair and makeup specialists to fashion them. Now, 9 years later, we have a team of professionals with Bishops and Bombshell Lashes creating the backdrop for each unique piece!

Get ready for the 2019 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show,

Friday, January 25th!

2018 Business Challenge Gallery Posted!

Click on the photo to access the Business Challenge Gallery. Photo by Joy Mitsui

Five Business Challenge participants are already confirmed for the January 25th 2019 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show! Each year up to 10 businesses, dedicated to sustainable practices, come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy.

Who will be back? What new businesses are to come? In several weeks we will reveal this year’s competitors.

At our 2018 show, ReStore won the Coveted Trash Trophy with Chain, Chain, Chain! ReStore has competed in all 7 of our Business Challenges, with innovative, show stopping designs. Check out their piece along with the other competitors in the 2018 Business Challenge Gallery.

The Business Challenge submission closes when the competition is full. Get your application in today!

Runway Applications Due December 21

3 EASY STEPS… to be considered for the 9th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show on Friday, January 25

To be considered for the 2019 show, complete the submission process (3 easy steps) before the deadline << December 21>>
(1) Complete Application Form
(2) Pay Application Fee
(3) Send 3 photos of your design

Unexpected Designer – Sarah Stahl

Sometimes it just takes a comment at a dinner party to move someone from an eager rubbish reducer to a trash fashionista. That’s what happened to Sarah Stahl last year when, over sushi, she confessed to saving 100’s of single use plastic bread clips for a someday Rubbish Renewed design. Get inspired by her story below, and maybe we’ll see your creation on the runway!  Submission deadline December 21, 2018.

RR: Why were you inspired to collect bread clips?

SS: Bread clips are small, colorful, light weight, and fun to tinker with- because of the different ways you can connect them and their movement. However, for almost all the same reasons- they’re a  real waste problem- especially for marine life. They’re also a great example how seemingly inconsequential, little bits of plastic can really add up quickly.

RR: How did our conversation over dinner push you from a lingering idea to runway ready?

SS: I’ve been to so many Rubbish Renewed runways and always thought, “It would be fun to create something!” but then I would forget about it until it was too late to realistically have the time to put something together. I had the idea of a bread clip dress in the past, and I figured if I committed “out loud” to reaching out to friends and collecting them, I would make it happen. I was at a point in my life where I felt like I needed some kind of creative outlet for some balance, even if it was a small amount of time.

RR: Tell us about your design process from conception to completion.

SS: Lots of collecting and getting the word out. I sketched out many ideas and tinkered with different ways to connect the bread clips. Once I started realizing how many bread clips I was going to need for my original idea, I started modifying.  Also, people started giving me that plastic food bag mesh, and that was easy to incorporate in as a base. Using the wire to connect them felt more natural to me than sewing, due to some past jewelry making experience. At the end, it was several long weekends and evenings of lots of drilling and wire work, along with last minute modifications.

RR: What would you say to inspire others who have an idea, but might not see themselves as runway designers?

SS: If you have an idea, go for it and prepare to modify! Start collecting early and tell your friends and family- everyone likes collecting and participating toward the final product. I got bread clips from out of state and from so many different people from all different arms of my life. It was a fun, unique experience to be behind the scenes the night of the show. The nerve-wracking part of walking the runway is really the shortest part of the whole process!  It’s a very supportive group and audience.