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
Aubrey Martens at the photo shoot
Aubrey Martens on the runway
Joe David and Bill Holm visiting at the Stonington Gallery in Seattle
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
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, and 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.
Who will you cast your Business Challenge vote for? Two more Business Challenge competitors give us a preview of what is to come.
ReStore, our only 7 time Business Challenge participant, debuts Chain, Chain, Chain created from torn chair salvaged leather, used circular saw blades, chains and washers. No question this will be one to beat!
Silverado, first time Business Challenge competitor, is using jewelry pouches, strands of beads and broken stones donated by some of our artists, broken chains, jewelry boxes, and ribbon ends to create this elegant piece.
Come out and support your favorite competitor and help decide who will win the 2018 Coveted Trash Trophy!
A few photos popped into the Rubbish Renewed inbox in the last few days. Here is the first sneak peek into 2018’s Business Challenge competition! Bring your friends and your voting block to support your pick for the Coveted Trash Trophy!
How many cups of tea does it take to create a garment? Luckily at BBT Architects they support the team with a tea array! Their sustainable building design vision comes to the runway with BBTea! “The garment is constructed of a year’s worth of discarded tea labels and strings tied together to create a 100% reused dress that is not your typical cup of tea.”
With a more modest approach to business casual, Pronghorn proposes a Jacket made with old sheets and wine corks and a dress of patio furniture covers. Clean lines and polished production make this wearable pair ready to play a round on Pronghorn’s reused water quenched greens.
Check back for more Business Challenge sneak peaks. The show is just 1 week away! Get your tickets today!
One of my favorite parts of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is the Business Challenge competition. Each year a group of businesses, dedicated to sustainable practices, come together to celebrate sustainability, support REALMS education, and compete for the Coveted Trash Trophy.
Back this year are ReStore, Atlas Cider, BBT Architects, and Utilitusew. And for their first Business Challenge Moonfire and Sun, Pronghorn, and Silverado.
Look for a sneak peak in the next few days of 2018 Business Challenge pieces in progress.
Check out 3 of the competitors from last year’s Business Challenge competition:
2017 Atlas Cider Photo: Dan Galecki
2017 BBT Architects Photo: Dan Galecki
2017 ReStore Photo: Dan Galecki
Thank you to the 7 years of diverse businesses who have shared their passion and dedication to practices that inspire community for a sustainable earth.
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
Tomorrow is the submission deadline!
Remember you don’t have to have the garment finished, but make sure you complete the application process. This includes 2-3 quality photos of the piece in progress, and a clear drawing indicating design, materials and construction. Link here to the online application.
Submissions are coming in. Get inspired and submit your design today!
Here are the criteria in which garments are juried:
- Furthering Rubbish Renewed Mission – Description & piece communicates Transforming trash, inspiring community for a sustainable earth
- Use of Materials – Transformation of trash into fashion. Shows attention to manipulation of materials.
- Design – Coherence; Innovative techniques; unique aesthetics; creative expression.
- Quality of Construction – Construction methods inspire long-term use.
Thank you submitting designers for your dedication to the planet, to quality, sustainable fashion, and belief in making a difference one small action at a time.
Looking back through old Rubbish Renewed blog posts I found that 10 of these were focused on students. Whether about the process, their experience, or the runway itself, students clearly make this event. I am humbled by the focus on design, enthusiasm for creativity, grit to get it done, and passion for the earth, that these students bring to the Rubbish Renewed community. Catch the students’ experience through Nick Kealey’s photos, in the 2017 Student Runway Gallery, illuminating the inspiration they bring. After perusing the gallery, enjoy ruminating on their gifts by following the links at the bottom to past student centered posts and galleries. I did!
Click on the photo to link to the 2017 Student Runway Gallery
Links to student centered posts from the past!
Fall, for me, kick’s off Rubbish Renewed season. I start eying trash, wondering how it moves, and thinking about shape and form. Get inspired by checking out Bulletin Photographer Joe Kline’s captivating images from our 2017 show. Look for last season’s show gallery postings in the next 2 weeks!
Photos by Joe kline/the Bulletin
2017 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show
Click image for Slideshow
ORIG 01/18/17 A model walks the runway during the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show on Wednesday evening at Midtown Ballroom in Bend. The event is an annual fundraiser for REALMS Magnet School in Bend. (Joe Kline/Bulletin photo)
The 8th Annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is on!
January 18, 2018