Who will get your Business Challenge Vote?

For our 10th year and our 9th Business Challenge we have 8 local businesses competing for the 2020 Rubbish Renewed’s Coveted Trash Trophy! Each year a group of businesses come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and have some friendly competition with the winner decided by the night’s audiences. Bring your friends and your voting block, to support your pick to win the The Rubbish Renewed Business Challenge on Saturday, January 25th!

Businesses participating this year are ReStore, Giant Loop, Hydro Flask, Organic Transfusion, Lonza, Ida’s Cupcakes, Salud Raw Foods, and Penny Lash. Check out our sneak peak below with a little about their vision.

RETURNING BUSINESSES

RestoreThe Electric Houseman; Giant loopMoto-A-Go-Go!; HydroFlaskChroma Quest

The Bend Area Habitat for Humanities ReStore – Has been in every one of the our Business Challenges! This team, dedicated to sustainability in our community, each year produces ravishing, runway ready style. Thank you ReStore for your commitment to our town and our cause.

Giant Loop – For their 3nd Business Challenge is once again fashioning their textile magic by manipulating reclaimed scraps from their motorcycle saddlebag and tank bag production. Giant Loop is committed to reducing waste by reclaiming and reusing materials. Perfect fit for the Rubbish Renewed runway!

Hydro Flask – Is back for their 2nd Business Challenge since 2014! This year the whole team is part of the trash transformation! Meticulously connecting silicone chips from the color development process into a super hero suit, supporting success in sustainability through reducing our impact with reusable daily containers, believing nothing in life should be lukewarm.

Organic Transfusion – Organic Transfusion; lonzaLab Coat Makeover

Organic Transfusion – The dream team of Tiina McDermott and Zoey Lane are back with a 2nd Business Challenge collaboration! Organic Transfusion is a design team that is passionate about reducing the amount of waste in our landfills. Their whole mission is Rubbish Renewed!

Lonza – Back for their 2nd year for the Business Challenge, once again they have created 3 refashioned designs. These scientists are ready to hit the town for a marvelous night out. Created from lab coats that were destined for the trash due to stains and holes, with details and accessories created from lab and office trash.

NEW BUSINESSES:

Salud Raw Food – Rainbow produce flapper girl dress; Penny Lash – Penny Trash

Ida’s Cupcakes – For their first foray into the Business Challenge, Ida’s Cupcakes incorporated packaging from orders, as well as broken, outdated cupcake toppers that could not be reused. Ida’s strives to eliminate as much waste as possible by using reusable materials on a day-to-day basis; however, sometimes these products wear out. What better way to revive rubbish than to compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy!

Salud Raw Food – Is new to Rubbish Renewed but not new to a commitment to the planet. They use biodegradable To go ware and paper straws, compost all food scraps, and everything is organic! They vote with their dollars for sustainable farming practices. Salud is all in!

Penny Lash – Is a high volume lash studio but they have very low waste. They jumped into their first Business Challenge with a piece masterfully created by previous Coveted Trash Trophy winner Panambi Elliott. This loved trash is a visual documentation of the Evolution of a brand and it’s boom!

Just 4 days Away!

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is just 4 days away, and for the 1st time it’s a Saturday night! One of the most engaging events in town, this fundraiser features two eclectic, wearable art (trash fashion) runway shows (one that features local students), our Business Challenge (competing for the Coveted Trash Trophy), a live auction of a select group of runway garments, a silent auction comprised of local sustainable donations, a pop up “marketplace”, featuring sustainable, creative products from local artists, local food and drink.

The animated atmosphere, features environmental responsibility, funky fashion and celebrates the best of our Bend community. Buy your tickets today!

Designers photo 1: Devon Stevens, Avaline Theford, Ruby Fletcher School: Amity Creek; Designers Photo 2: Erin Donnell

Designer Profile: Jessica Browning

Jessica Browning created her first garment for Rubbish Renewed as a 7th grader in 2014. Since that time, her complexity of design has soared. When I think of Jessica as a designer, its her masterfully marrying sustainable stories with intricate material manipulation. Learn more about Jessica  and her vision in this designer profile.

Designer/Model: Jessica Browning in the 2019 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Photo: SHE Photography

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

JB: I am a manager at Joanne Fabrics as well as a full-time college student pursuing a transfer of Arts degree. I hope to become an illustrator. When I’m not working or at school, I spend my free time drawing and sewing. I run a business through Etsy where I make and sell dice bags (for players of dungeons and dragons). I also enjoy playing Magic the Gathering with my friends and playing video games when I have the time.

RR: How did you become a trash fashion designer?

JB: Going to REALMS for middle school taught me a lot about climate change and sustainability. It became something I was really interested in. When I heard there was a chance for kids to make creations and show them on a runway, my mind was blown. Not only did I have a chance to create something amazing, but it also showcased something I care about. The first two outfits I made were… interesting to say the least. They weren’t technically my creations. It was a collaboration between my brain and my mom. Finally, she gave me the sewing machine and said your turn. From then on, I have made and modeled my garments and it’s always the highlight of my year.

RR: What inspires your creations? 

JB: When creating a garment, I don’t really go for just anything. It takes a while to brainstorm materials. I have always tended to drift towards plastic things: Plastic bags, newspaper bags, chip bags, sandwich bags etc. Single use plastics. I gravitate towards these because out of everything someone can do to help and be more sustainable is to cut these single use plastics. There are so many better fabric alternatives. Oregon has taken a great step in fixing this with its ban on plastic bags. So, it’s usually the story behind a material that inspires my creation. A great example is my dress titled Plastic Ocean. I had gone to the beach, one of my family’s favorite spots, and was disappointed by the amount of garbage I found. I took a garbage bag and picked up pieces as we walked along. Then I made them into a dress!

RR: Describe your design process?

JB: Once I have my material it gets to my favorite part, designing! I sketch up several designs taking in the give of the material and how it will lay. Thinking of different ways to manipulate it. Once I decide on a design I start to create!

RR: What is something you want to share with aspiring trash fashion designers? 

JB: You are never too young! You might need a lot of help and guidance, but if you are determined then your only limit is your imagination. So, shoot for the stars! Find something you are passionate about and create!

Years 1-3: The History of Rubbish Renewed

Once Rubbish Renewed sneaked onto the Bend scene in 2010, our first 3 years premiered at the Century Center. They provided the perfect venue – huge open space, a modular stage and few rules. We had our own bar provided by Plum & Boneyard, a cozy marketplace as you walked in, and moody lighting.

Year 1: there was 1 runway show with a total of 23 garments (compared to 57 split into 2 shows for 2020), and one designer made 5 of them! Diverse materials, from the launch of fused plastic as fashion, to beanie babies turned into a faux fur coat, graced the runway.

Year 2: our first Business Challenge garments battled it out on the runway from ReStore, Wabi Sabi, Cuppa Yo, The Horned Hand, Utilitu Sew and the Environmental Center. Cuppa Yo won the 1st coveted trash trophy designed by, now 4 time winning designer, Panambi Elliott! Skillfully manipulated materials from bicycle tubes and slides, to a kiddy pool and Capri Sun containers raised the runway bar. And we added a 2nd show!

Year 3: On the runway were 19 student designers up from 9 the year before! 2 of the Business Challenge entries were made by 2 of our talented students. And bags dominated the material cache: plastic and canvas grocery bags, dog food, ramen, paella, and coffee bags.

Check out last year’s posts on the Birth of Rubbish Renewed: Part 1 & Part 2, to get the background on our start.

Look for Years 4-5: The History of Rubbish Renewed coming soon.

Innovative Fashion – Business Challenge Gallery Posted

We have just 3 spots left for our 2020 Business Challenge. The designers working with these businesses produce some of the most innovative and well-crafted Fashion of the show. Check out the 2019 Business Challenge Gallery to get inspired for our Saturday, January 25th, 10th annual 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.

At our 2019 show, Barrio won the Coveted Trash Trophy with Salva al Toro (Save the Bull). Designer Paris Draheim was in our first ever Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show as a high school student (check out her piece), and has designed for Barrio in the Business Challenge multiple times. Check out Barrio’s piece along with the other competitors in the 2019 Business Challenge Gallery.

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

Students for Action – 2019 Gallery Posted

Click Here to access the 2019 Students Designers Runway Gallery!

This year it’s climate change that’s brought youth to the head of the table around the world. Greta Thunberg, reminds us of how generations haven’t stepped up, and that the time is now for great action! We all need to do our part individually, and also push our communities to start making change today.

The student’s garments at Rubbish Renewed are shouting the need for environmental action too. These pieces tell a variety of stories from the challenges of medical waste showcased by Soli Lachman’s Diabetic Warrior (model Abby Lachman wears the waste from her diabetes treatment), to Jessica Browning’s Snacktastic made with non-recyclable, single serving packaging. These young artists painstakingly create fashion from trash, that are at once art and a message to take action for our planet and our future.

Enjoy these young artists’ fashion from our 2019 show. Brought to you through stunning images by SHE Photography’s Suzette Hibble and Jazmine Turner Photography’s Mindy J. Turner. Click on the links for more images from the 2019 show with options to purchase from SHE Photography and Jazmine Turner Photography!

Click on the link or image to access the 2019 Student Designer Runway Gallery

Designer & Model Kiana Kogan makes a statement with Brace Yourself Photo by: SHE Photography

Competitors for the 2020 Business Challenge are signing up!

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!

Photos by Jazmine Turner Photography

Thank You 2019 Show Designers!

Announcing the coming season’s RUBBISH RENEWED ECO FASHION SHOW:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020!

Photos by Suzette Hibble of SHE Photography. Pictured Designs: Kiana Kogan, Amanda Bowers, Wendy Pierce & Devon Stevens, Devon Lizza.

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


Photos by Suzette Hibble of SHE Photography. Pictured Designs: Denise Oldridge, Carla Holm, Mayra Stearns, Allison Murphy.

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!

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

 

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