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

 

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!

2 More Business Challenge Previews

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!

Here is the full list! Atlas Cider, BBT Architects,  Moonfire and SunPronghorn, ReStore, Silverado, Utilitusew

Sneak Peak of 2 Business Challenge Pieces

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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!

BBT Architects

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.”

Pronghorn

 

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!

Business Challenge Participants Announced!

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:

 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.

7 YEARS: ReStore

4 YEARS: Wabi Sabi  

3 YEARS: Strictly Organic, Mt. Bachelor 

2 YEARS: Utilitu Sew, Atlas Cider, BBT Architects, Tambi Lane Photography,   Barrio,  Cosa Cura – Rescue Collective, Tozer Design,  Natural Edge Furniture

1 YEAR: Moonfire and Sun, Pronghorn, Silverado,The Environmental Center; Old Ironworks Arts District; Sounds Fast;  Boneyard;  Sara Bella Upcycled; Spork;  Hydroflask;  Spa W;  Cuppa Yo;  Horned Hand;  Angelinas;  Athletic Club of Bend; Aspect Board and Brews; Gear Fix;  String Soil; The Makers District;  Brave Collective;  Sparrow Bakery; Sonic Solution,  Bishops Barbershop,  Giant Loop,  The Moto Shop

Small Town – Inspiration is everywhere

Old book pages and burlap sack.

Traveling north from Bend for the holiday break, I spent a night in Centralia, Washington. Originally dubbed Centerville, the town marked the 1/2 way stagecoach stop between Kalama and Tacoma. Now off the beaten path, it feels frozen in time. Restored historical buildings line the main street housing antique shops and hardware stores with diners dotted between. In my early morning window walk, I ran across this beauty. No telling why it adorned the display, but stunning nonetheless. Keep your eyes open, because inspiration is everywhere! What are you creating?

Three weeks until the submission deadline – December 8th!

Application Paperwork here.

 

2017 Business Challenge Gallery Posted

2017 Business Challenge Gallery posted today!

Winner of the 2017 Coveted Trash Trophy! Atlas Cider Designer: Panambi Elliott Photo: Nick Kealey

Click on the image to the right to  enjoy the 2017 Business Challenge Designs on the runway.

Competing for the Coveted Trash Trophy, 6-10 businesses show their trash fashion prowess and celebrate their sustainable efforts in the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show’s Business Challenge. Every year I’m blown away by the manipulation of each business’ trash into a diversity of styles. Although Rubbish Renewed has passed 7 seasons, our Business Challenge is a year behind, only 1 business has competed in all 6 . . .

Showcasing a team of creative designers and talented models, see the last 6 years of ReStore Business Challenge Style!

Click photos below for larger slideshow.

In order from 2017-2012. See Galleries for more information on the garments’ designers, models, and materials.

Thanks to the businesses who have participated in the past. Click on the business name to link to their website.

6 YEARS: ReStore

4 YEARS: Wabi Sabi  

3 YEARS: Strictly Organic, Mt. Bachelor 

2 YEARS: Tambi Lane Photography,   Barrio,  Cosa Cura – Rescue Collective, Tozer Design,  Natural Edge Furniture

1 YEAR: The Environmental Center;  Utilitu Sew;  Old Ironworks Arts District; Sounds Fast;  Boneyard;  Sara Bella Upcycled; Spork;  Hydroflask;  Spa W;  Cuppa Yo;  Horned Hand;  Angelinas;  Athletic Club of Bend; Aspect Board and Brews; Gear Fix;  String Soil; The Makers District;  Brave Collective;  Sparrow Bakery; Sonic Solution,  Atlas Cider,  BBT Architects,  Bishops Barbershop,  Giant Loop,  The Moto Shop