Competitors for the 2020 Business Challenge are signing up! Click on the photo below to learn more about last year’s Business Challenge through Jazmine Turner Photography’s stunning photos. Click HERE to go to her website for more images from all of last year’s show!
Announcing the coming season’s RUBBISH RENEWED ECO FASHION SHOW:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020!
Thank you student designers for your creativity, passion for fashion and our planet, and for shining in the show! You are what makes Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show unique, entertaining, and meaningful.
Aja Kogan, Alice McKnight, Amanda Bowers, Coral Reed, Devon Lizza, Devon Stevens, Ellie Hoiness, Gabriella Shirtcliff, Harper Rich, Holiday Barnes, Jessica Browning, Kiana Kogan, Lily McNabb, Loa Minsker, Louisa, Chloe, Lucy Lamarre, Harris, Mullins, Marley Foster-Wexler, Matea LaFrenz, Noe Anderson, Soli Lachman, Sophie Singer, Soren Chopra, Twyla Wayman, Vinna Ottaviano
Thank you adult designers for your stunning designs, refined material manipulation, imaginative style, and dedication to the Rubbish Renewed mission. The 2019 show rocked the house!
Alf Humphrey, Allison Murphy, Aspen Lowe, BBT Architects Inc, Brenda Jackson, Carla Holm, DeeDee Johnson, Denise Oldridge, Erin Donnell, Harriet Langmas, Heidi Lamb, Janet Lansburgh, Jen Riker, Karen Holm, Kari Martinez, Kat Bergman, Kristi Teasdale, Martha Campbell, Mayra Stearns, Meg Knight, Melany Fry, Michelle Handford, Paris Draheim, Patty Baragona, Rob West, Ruby Swanson, Simone Kujak, Susan Galeck, Tenley Wallace, Therese Langley, Tiina McDermott, Wendy Pierce, Zoey Lane.
Thank you Sponsors. You made it possible to showcase these amazing designs that transform trash, inspire community for a more sustainable earth!
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!
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.
Barrio – 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 to 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 post 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.
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:
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 biggest 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 forklifts, 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!
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 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.
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
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!
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 email@example.com by 4pm Friday, December 21st 2018.
What are you creating?
Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show – Friday, January 25th 2019!
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.
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.
Rubbish Renewed 2018 Adult Designer Runway Gallery is Posted! Get inspired by the meticulous material manipulation, inspiring designs, and sustainable vision of these talented local artists, and revel in Joy Mitsui’s lens.
This year’s submission deadline is Friday, December 21st! What will you create?
Get ready for what’s to come, Friday, January 25, 2019!
Featured Design by: Hailey Kavanagh
Rubbish Renewed has been incredibly lucky, over the past few years, to have Joe Kline, Bulletin photographer and seasoned professional, spend time with us at our dress rehearsal or show. Last January, dress rehearsal was featured in the Bulletin with the slide show below. And Joe also spent time on a goal of his, experimenting with lighting in his portraits (link to the right). Enjoy this first post in the series of photos coming from last year’s January 18, 2018 event.
Join us Friday, January 25th, 2019 for the 9th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show!