What to expect from a trash fashion show?!

What to expect from a trash fashion show?!

You’ve heard a lot about the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, but you have never been. You think this is the year for you, and you will finally get out on a winter night in January to see what this fantastic event is all about.  You wonder if it is worth the ticket price.

I am here to tell you it is!  The tickets are now on sale and we expect to sell out just like in yeas past.  Check out this 1 minute video from our 2015 show to see for yourself!

For each of the 2018 shows, you can expect to see 30+ garments on the runway made entirely of items destined to the landfill or items re-used in a stylistic fashion.

Tickets – www.rubbishrenewed.com


What are you creating? Submission Deadline 12/8/2017

Inspiration – color, texture, flow, feel . . .

Scrolling through the years of Rubbish Renewed blog posts last night, I stumbled across Virtual Inspiration I posted on September 30, 2013. I read, “The last few evenings after work I’ve been down in my sewing cavern, a mug of hot tea on the shelf, an audio book playing in the background, my Pinterest “boards” open, exploring materials, shapes, color and design. Getting inspired.” . . . What? History repeating itself! OK, instead of tea and an audio book, I had a glass of wine and season 4 of Downton Abbey playing, but the rest was the same. I’m just as content now, my creative spirit ignited, surrounded by the unusual textures, colors, and shapes inherent in the refuse I choose.

What are you creating? Submission deadline Friday December 8th, just one month away! Link to the Runway Application.

100,000+ images from my father’s documentation of Native Arts of the Northwest, Plains and Plateau, now digitized.

Create the 2018 Marketplace!

Create the 2018 Marketplace!!!

The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is much more than just a fashion show!

The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser is a one night zero waste experience, emphasizing and educating about sustainable living and living lighter on the planet.  One of the ways we do this is through our Marketplace.

If you are an artist who creates products that are re-fashioned, made from trash, or products that purposefully keep trash out of the landfill, you would be a great fit for our Marketplace.

The Marketplace provides an opportunity to sell and “market” your work to an increased audience who recognize the value of sustainable fashion. The Marketplace will be open during both shows from 5:00-10:00pm.

You can find more details and the 2018 Marketplace Application HERE.

Rubbish Renewed made $20,000 for REALMS Magnet School!

fb_thanksWe packed the house with over 400 people at each of our two shows, raising just over $20,000 for REALMS’ distinctive education. 

Thank you!!!

This year the show was elevated because of the quality and vision brought by 50 Central Oregon designers (24 of which were students from 10 local schools including Miller Elementary, Pine Ridge Elementary, Amity Creek, Bend High School, REALMS, Pacific Crest Middle School, Redmond Proficiency Academy, Cascades Academy, Mtn. View, and Summit High).

Given the weather and event postponement, we couldn’t have imagined the amount of support from the community with 25 Sponsors donating essential cash, beverages & services, 8 Business Challenge submission, 10 local vendors who also gave items to the silent auction, and additional other silent auction contributing businesses. Finally our 60+ dedicated volunteers from organizers, models, clean-up crew and everything in between

On behalf of the entire REALMS faculty, board of directors, and students, thank you again for your generosity and support.

2017 Community Garment // What one action can you take to lower your impact on the planet?

first-friday1As we ring in the new year, reflect on years past, and make plans to create a brighter 2017, it seems like the right time to share the story behind our annual Rubbish Renewed “Community Garment” creation.   At each of our two shows, you will see this year’s “Community Garment”, which was inspired from pledges gathered at December’s “First Friday.”

On Friday, December 2nd, the Bend community came together at Cosa Cura to take pledges for the planet.  People asked, “What one action can I take to lower my impact on the planet?”   Pledges were written directly on discarded CD’s, which will be integrally pieced in the 2017 “Community Garment.”

The 2017 “Community Garment” will grace both runway shows, spreading the messages, and making a community shift for a more environmentally sustainable planet.   Look for this special garment on the runway!

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Photos:  Paula Bullwinkle

Marketplace Application is UP!

marketplace4_mcarthurmarketplace3_mcarthurmarketplace5_mcarthurThe Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser is more than a fashion show!  It is a fun, fundraising night out, where every aspect of the evening is focused on sustainability, innovation, and design.

One unique aspect, the Rubbish Renewed Marketplace, is currently accepting Marketplace Applications for the 2017 event.

The Marketplace features 10 local artists selling re-fashioned, trash-fashioned or sustainability-focused products.   The Marketplace is an opportunity for local artists to sell and “market” their work to a large audience (1,000+) who recognize the value of sustainable fashion, art, and design. The Marketplace will be open during both shows from 5:00-10:00pm.

Spend your night with other creative, conscious individuals celebrating art, fashion, and design, while raising money for an innovative public school, REALMS Magnet School.  Get here when the doors open, so you have time to shop at our local Marketplace and silent auction.

On Thursday, January 12th, the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser returns for the 7th annual at the Midtown Ballroom in Bend, Oregon.

PHOTOS:  Heaven McArthur (www.heavenmcarthur.com)

Rubbish Renewed Runway Application is UP!

rr_blogThe Rubbish Renewed runway application is here for the most innovative fundraising event in Bend, the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show!  Aspiring designers have until Friday, December 2nd to get their submissions in for a possible spot on this year’s runway.  This is a juried show.  Please make sure to read and follow the rules and guidelines on this website.  Space on the runway is limited.  Each year, we receive more applications than spaces available on the runway.

2016 Rubbish Renewed Photos

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Photo by Heaven McArthur

We tried something new this year!  We invited a team of photographers to help us capture the whole Rubbish Renewed story.  Thank you to Heaven McArthur, Joe Kline, Paula Bullwinkle, and Krystal Collins for being our inaugural Rubbish Renewed Photography Team.

Joe Kline Photos HERE / to purchase  Joe’s photos, go to the gallery HERE and use the password, “rubbish”.

Heaven McArthur Photos HERE  / FLASH SALE TIL MONDAY at Midnight.

A message from Heaven McArthur:  Did you go to the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show this year? it was my first year and i was totally and absolutely blown away. the show is a fundraiser for the REALMS school (http://www.friendsofrealms.org/) and to keep the money coming, I am offering prints for sale with 50% of the proceeds to go to REALMS, if you were there or know someone who was and care to share, please do! as a bonus if you purchase a full digital set of images, you’ll receive a copy of the slideshow, which, after april 1st will be the only way to see it. \\\\\ link to the images: http://heavenmcarthur.pixieset.com/rubbishrenewedecofashion… (backstage, 1st and 2nd show categories are listed along the top row) they are only on sale till MONDAY at midnight, so hurry flurry!! if you have any questions, give me a ring, a ping, a shout!! (video coming next! )

Paula Bullwinkle & Krystal Collins- check back for gallery coming soon.

We did it…with YOU! – just under $22,000 for REALMS Magnet School.

blog postAre you still buzzing from our show last week?  We are too!  We did it…with YOU!

We had another successful fundraising event.  The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show was back for the 6th year and we saw bigger than ever numbers, making this one of Bend’s greatest loved events.  We saw greater than 500 people through our doors for each of our two shows, we found the generous support from 25 Bend business sponsors, we enlisted the creativity of 60+ models and designers, and employed more than 30 dedicated volunteers to raise just under $22,000 for REALMS Magnet School.

We would like to thank everyone who came to support Rubbish Renewed and REALMS Magnet School.  The entire evening was a true success and absolutely showcased how we can transform trash and inspire community for a sustainable earth.  We appreciate the time, effort and innovation of this year’s designers and could absolutely not do this event without YOU.  Your one of a kind garments were impressive and helped create another unique show.  The student designers continue to “wow” the audience with their creativity and collaboration, and after all these years we continue to see new materials on the runway.  A testament to your designing spirit and environmental consciousness.


Our Headline Sponsors:  Habitat for Humanity ReStore for continuing to be an integral part of our event for the 6th year; through your sponsorship, we are able to provide the infrastructure and materials to put on Rubbish Renewed, Sonic Solutions for providing the professional runway stage and lights, Flip Flop Sounds for the stellar music and DJ, and  Tambi Lane Photography for your pre-event promotional photos.  We truly could not do this without YOU!

Our Additional Event Sponsors:  Bend Electric Bikes, Camp Nor’wester, PlantLife Clothing, Rescue Collective, The Environmental Center/ReThink Waste, and Wabi Sabi.

ReThink Waste  for helping our audience sort their waste from the show, ultimately contributing only one 1/4 can to the landfill.

Our Runway Hair Crew from  Bishops Barbershop who set the style for the night!  Than you to Sam and Crew:  Jennifer, Jyl, Shannon, Mizmi, Jessie, and Heather for creating the perfect look to compliment each unique garment, while creating a subtle theme, tying all the looks together!

Our Photography CrewJoe Kline, Paula Bullwinkle, Heaven McArthur, Krystal Collins for helping us tell the whole Rubbish Renewed story through the moments captured by YOU.  Like our Rubbish Renewed Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram (#rubbishrenewed) for the 2016 photos!  Coming Soon!!!

Our Media Support: The Source, Cascade A & E, 1017fm for helping us get the word out! 

Our esteemed Emcee, Jessie Russell, for your timing and wit.

Our Auctioneer, Zach Richards, for your steadfastness and easy-going spirit.

Our Runway Make-Up Crew created by this talented team:  Misa, Kimberly, Moon, Hayer, Kate, Sheena, Mayra, and Rocio

Our VIP Table Sponsor; Broken Top Bottle Shop for the delicious appetizers.

Our Food Cart, Barrio,  for serving up the “yums”.

Our Green Room Sponsor, Jackson’s Corner, for keeping our models fed through copious amounts of homemade pizzas.

Our Midtown Hosts, Jim & Jennifer, for working with our multifaceted event.  It wasn’t Mac Miller or Snoop Dogg;)

Our Beverage Sponsors, Boneyard Beer, Atlas Cider, and Crater Lakes Vodka for keeping us hydrated all night.

Our Marketplace Coordinators; Sandy Reed & Mare Schelz for organizing the vendors, creating the best lay out yet, and ensuring that all our artists had a great experience.

Our Silent Auction Coordinator; Anna Ruder for nearly doubling our net revenue and building a greater community through donation acquisition.

Our Front Door Hosts; Roger White, Jennifer Scalley, & Genna Dynice for welcoming and taming the crowd.

Our VIP Table Servers; Phoebe Schaab & Fiona Lintner for your ease, flexibility, and welcoming spirit.

Our VIP Host; Chelsea Callicott for always making people feel welcome and “seen.”

Our Live Auction Coordinator; Kellen Bateham for your confidence in organizing our garment watchers and ensuring they did their job.

Our Display Diva; Erin Diamond for your creative and eye-catching displays.  Thank you for getting the word out to our audience!

…and of our course our fearless guides and cheerleaders; Amy Anderson, Karen Holm, & Allison Murphy for your beautiful collaboration and hundreds of hours that you pour into this event.


We raised close to $22,000!

IMG_5568We are thrilled to report that this year’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show was the most successful one yet!  We packed the house with more than 400 people at each of our two shows and raised close to $22,000 for REALMS (Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School).

And if you haven’t viewed the fantastic photos taken by Tambi Lane PhotographyClick HERE for images from this year’s show. Choose “first show” or “second show” to view the images in the gallery of your choice. This option is located near the bottom of the screen.  Click to enlarge the image and use the cart icon and pull down menu for ordering.  Please contact Tambi Lane directly for any questions. tambilane@msn.com | www.tambilane.com

*Please do not copy or download images without purchase. We ask that you do not edit or alter the images in anyway.