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
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 2 – The Covert Creation of Show #1, and 2018 Show Galleries posted soon!
9th Annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Friday, January 25th 2019
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.
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!
Inspiration – color, texture, flow, feel . . .
Scrolling through the years of Rubbish Renewed blog posts last night, I stumbled across Virtual Inspiration I posted on September 30, 2013. I read, “The last few evenings after work I’ve been down in my sewing cavern, a mug of hot tea on the shelf, an audio book playing in the background, my Pinterest “boards” open, exploring materials, shapes, color and design. Getting inspired.” . . . What? History repeating itself! OK, instead of tea and an audio book, I had a glass of wine and season 4 of Downton Abbey playing, but the rest was the same. I’m just as content now, my creative spirit ignited, surrounded by the unusual textures, colors, and shapes inherent in the refuse I choose.
What are you creating? Submission deadline Friday December 8th, just one month away! Link to the Runway Application.
100,000+ images from my father’s documentation of Native Arts of the Northwest, Plains and Plateau, now digitized.
Create the 2018 Marketplace!!!
The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is much more than just a fashion show!
The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser is a one night zero waste experience, emphasizing and educating about sustainable living and living lighter on the planet. One of the ways we do this is through our Marketplace.
If you are an artist who creates products that are re-fashioned, made from trash, or products that purposefully keep trash out of the landfill, you would be a great fit for our Marketplace.
The Marketplace provides an opportunity to sell and “market” your work to an increased audience who recognize the value of sustainable fashion. The Marketplace will be open during both shows from 5:00-10:00pm.
You can find more details and the 2018 Marketplace Application HERE.
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.
Photo: Nick Kealey
Photo: Heaven McArthur
Photo: Tambi Lane
Photo: Tambi Lane
Photo: Tambi Lane
Photo: Tambi Lane
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.