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!

 

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

 

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!

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.

2018 Adult Designer Runway Gallery Posted!

Click on the image for the 2018 Adult Designer Runway Gallery

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

2018 Student Runway Gallery Up!

Student Runway Gallery:

Click on the photo to access the 2018 Student Runway Gallery.

I’m hearing rumblings throughout the district’s schools of creative kids rummaging for refuse, sketching designs during dinner, and covert clothing creations. There is no question that young people are the passion behind the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show style and environmental mission. More importantly they are the power behind change in our community, country, and world!  Experience the students innovative energy through Joy Mitsui’s photos from our January 18, 2018 runway event.

Get ready for what’s to come, January 25, 2019!

Photographer Joe Kline at 2018 Rubbish Renewed

Click on the photo to access Joe Kline’s website Rubbish Renewed Portraits.
Designer: Heidi Lamb

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.

Click on the photo to access Joe’s Bulletin Rubbish Renewed slide show.
Designer: Simone Kujak

Join us Friday, January 25th, 2019 for the 9th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show!

The Birth of Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show – Part 1

Designer: Mojave
Photo by: Tambi Lane Photography

It’s hats and sweaters and wintery things, coupled with an obsession for Project Runway, that inspired 2 teachers at REALMS Middle School to imagine Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show 9 years ago. The school had temporarily moved into D-Hall at Pilot Butte from the old (now demolished) portables. We had water and bathrooms for the first time, and were enjoying a warm central meeting place between classes where our office staff crammed between ovens and counters in the defunct home-ec room. Amy was wearing one of her Castaways skirts, beautifully crafted by Lloyd McMullen, and I must have been

Designer: Castaways
Photo by: Tambi Lane Photography

sporting some funky refashioned piece I’d created before teaching dominated my time. Although the exact words elude me now, Amy approached and exclaimed something like, “We need to start a trash fashion show to rise up the waste issue and these cool sweatery mashed up clothes people are making! Someone else is going to do it if we don’t.” It was that moment that launched us into the amazing world of trash fashion, and Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show was born.

Look for: Part 2The Covert Creation of Show #1, and 2018 Show Galleries posted soon!

9th Annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Friday, January 25th 2019