Thank You Bend!

I spend most of the evening behind the curtain. I get to feel the nerves of the young models before they take their first step, sending them onto the runway. And about a minute later, I get to experience their exhilaration when they step behind the curtain again. My favorite moment Saturday night was when 4th grade designer/model, Laila, supported each nervous model (students and adults alike) behind her, “it’s like a roller coaster. Before you go, you are so nervous, and once you are out there, it’s awesome!”

Because of my physical placement during the runway, I get to experience it most vividly through my interactions with people, the photos that will follow, and the stories that continue throughout the year. Last night Dirk, the Realms Middle School principal sent us an email, with a sentiment that I wanted to share, “. . . there is also the intangible human impact on the region that ripples out over the course of a year, the conversations around dinner tables, young people connecting with elders over a sewing machine, people dreaming and following those dreams until they create something new from something old. It’s human electricity, and it’s what makes the earth such a great place to live!”

Thank you Bend for embracing the mission of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, “transforming trash, inspiring community for a sustainable earth,” and making our community such a great place to live!

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!

Photographers – Capturing the Spirit of the Event

SHE Photography’s Suzette Hibble, and Jazmine Turner Photography’s Mindy J. Turner are back for the 2020 Show! We are thrilled to have them capture once again, the spirit of the event, with their crisp exposures and stunning compositions that showcase the designs in action.

Blog posts and galleries highlighting the 2019 show feature images by these two talented photographers. Peruse the galleries and build your excitement for Saturday’s 10th Rubbish Renewed event! Get your tickets today!

Photo on the left by Jazmine Turner Photography; On the right by She photography

10 local schools will be represented on the runway this year!

One of the most inspiring aspects of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is the student designers. For the 2020 show on Saturday, January 25th we will have 10 local schools represented on the runway. If you come to the first show (6pm show/doors 5pm) you will see students from Realms Middle School, Realms High School, Cascades Academy, Skyview Middle School, Amity Creek Elementary, Bend High School, Central Oregon Community College, OSU-Cascades, Summit High School, and High Lakes Elementary School.

Kiki Kogan, designer and model, from the 9th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show –
“The inspiration for this outfit was my struggle with Scoliosis. I made my old back brace the center of the piece in order to embrace my insecurities around it. In using an old tent I explored the way people interact with nature. We pollute our earth but still expect to reap the benefits of it in the form of recreation etc. I want to bring attention to this double standard in my outfit.” ~Kiki Kogan

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!

Hailey Kavanagh – Designer Profile

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.

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!