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

Years 4-5: The History of Rubbish Renewed

In 2013, the Century Center broke up the space we had been using, and Rubbish Renewed set out to find another home. Bend is lacking in large open event venues, and after countless failures, finally we procured the Armory Gym down near the Old Mill. The location was ideal, close for walking, and dedicated parking. The Gym atmosphere, however, was hard to transform, and the military systems challenging to negotiate. We moved the venue and rescheduled the event to January 2014.

Photos by Tambi Lane photography

Year 4: Of 46 Central Oregon designers submitting garments, 23 of them were students from 9 local schools (3 elementary, 3 middle, and 3 high schools). Rubbish Renewed had taken its spot as a place where young, inspired designers had a chance to try their hand at a public runway event! Not only had Rubbish Renewed become an outlet for students around the district, locals were taking ownership of the event too! Beyond designers we had 21 sponsors, 9 Business Challenge participants, 11 local vendors, 60+ volunteers!

Photos by Tambi Lane photography

Year 5: The 5th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion show was the best ever! More fun, more energy and more style. With professional sponsors like Sonic Solution generating our runway and lights, Flip Flop Sounds creating the shows background buzz, with the nimble hands of the stylists from Bishops Barbershop and Velvet finessing our bar, our humble beginnings had blossomed into a full blown anticipated event. We saw just under 1000 people in our 2 shows (students, adults & business) and they rose to the challenge, keeping a passion for the planet front and center! Our trash for the night is highlighted in the photo below! (Everything else was reused, recycled, or composted).

Designer Profile: Jessica Browning

Jessica Browning created her first garment for Rubbish Renewed as a 7th grader in 2014. Since that time, her complexity of design has soared. When I think of Jessica as a designer, its her masterfully marrying sustainable stories with intricate material manipulation. Learn more about Jessica  and her vision in this designer profile.

Designer/Model: Jessica Browning in the 2019 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Photo: SHE Photography

RR: What do you do in real life when you are not designing?

JB: I am a manager at Joanne Fabrics as well as a full-time college student pursuing a transfer of Arts degree. I hope to become an illustrator. When I’m not working or at school, I spend my free time drawing and sewing. I run a business through Etsy where I make and sell dice bags (for players of dungeons and dragons). I also enjoy playing Magic the Gathering with my friends and playing video games when I have the time.

RR: How did you become a trash fashion designer?

JB: Going to REALMS for middle school taught me a lot about climate change and sustainability. It became something I was really interested in. When I heard there was a chance for kids to make creations and show them on a runway, my mind was blown. Not only did I have a chance to create something amazing, but it also showcased something I care about. The first two outfits I made were… interesting to say the least. They weren’t technically my creations. It was a collaboration between my brain and my mom. Finally, she gave me the sewing machine and said your turn. From then on, I have made and modeled my garments and it’s always the highlight of my year.

RR: What inspires your creations? 

JB: When creating a garment, I don’t really go for just anything. It takes a while to brainstorm materials. I have always tended to drift towards plastic things: Plastic bags, newspaper bags, chip bags, sandwich bags etc. Single use plastics. I gravitate towards these because out of everything someone can do to help and be more sustainable is to cut these single use plastics. There are so many better fabric alternatives. Oregon has taken a great step in fixing this with its ban on plastic bags. So, it’s usually the story behind a material that inspires my creation. A great example is my dress titled Plastic Ocean. I had gone to the beach, one of my family’s favorite spots, and was disappointed by the amount of garbage I found. I took a garbage bag and picked up pieces as we walked along. Then I made them into a dress!

RR: Describe your design process?

JB: Once I have my material it gets to my favorite part, designing! I sketch up several designs taking in the give of the material and how it will lay. Thinking of different ways to manipulate it. Once I decide on a design I start to create!

RR: What is something you want to share with aspiring trash fashion designers? 

JB: You are never too young! You might need a lot of help and guidance, but if you are determined then your only limit is your imagination. So, shoot for the stars! Find something you are passionate about and create!

Students for Action – 2019 Gallery Posted

Click Here to access the 2019 Students Designers Runway Gallery!

This year it’s climate change that’s brought youth to the head of the table around the world. Greta Thunberg, reminds us of how generations haven’t stepped up, and that the time is now for great action! We all need to do our part individually, and also push our communities to start making change today.

The student’s garments at Rubbish Renewed are shouting the need for environmental action too. These pieces tell a variety of stories from the challenges of medical waste showcased by Soli Lachman’s Diabetic Warrior (model Abby Lachman wears the waste from her diabetes treatment), to Jessica Browning’s Snacktastic made with non-recyclable, single serving packaging. These young artists painstakingly create fashion from trash, that are at once art and a message to take action for our planet and our future.

Enjoy these young artists’ fashion from our 2019 show. Brought to you through stunning images by SHE Photography’s Suzette Hibble and Jazmine Turner Photography’s Mindy J. Turner. Click on the links for more images from the 2019 show with options to purchase from SHE Photography and Jazmine Turner Photography!

Click on the link or image to access the 2019 Student Designer Runway Gallery

Designer & Model Kiana Kogan makes a statement with Brace Yourself Photo by: SHE Photography

Garment Submission Deadline Friday, December 8th!

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.

2017 Student Runway Gallery Up

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!

2016 Student Gallery Posted

Inspired by Kids

Behind the Scenes Designer Series: Artist 5 Olivia Barnes

2016 Student Garment Sneak Peak: Gallery

2015 Student Runway Gallery Posted!

RR Student Designers in Action

Student Designers at the Heart of Rubbish Renewed – 2014 Student Gallery Posted!

Students and Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

Part 1: Remember 2012

Students in Rubbish Renewed 2011

2016 Student Runway Gallery Posted!

The deadline for designer applications is just 4 weeks away! Get inspired by perusing the 2016 student runway gallery with photos by Heaven McArthur. Many of these students are first time designers, while others are seasoned veterans with multiple entrees over our Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show history.heavenmcarthur-rubbishrenewed-2016-540-webres Designs by students are often the most fresh and innovative as they see the world differently than their older counterparts. For more student inspiration, link to the blog posts and galleries below from previous years. Then, let the creativity soak in and get started designing!

Student Focused Posts from past years with links to Galleries

Inspired by Kids

Behind the Scenes Designer Series: Artist 5 Olivia Barnes

2016 Student Garment Sneak Peak: Gallery

2015 Student Runway Gallery Posted!

RR Student Designers in Action

Student Designers at the Heart of Rubbish Renewed – 2014 Student Gallery Posted!

Students and Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

Part 1: Remember 2012

Students in Rubbish Renewed 2011

Inspired by Kids!

Kids inspire me.  With Trash Fashion on my back burner for months, it took the beginning of the school year with a slew of excited middle school students to get my mind spinning with ideas.  For the first post of the Rubbish Renewed season, here is an encouraging account written by several of last fall’s REALMS Rubbish Renewed Elective students. Several fantastic photos, by Heaven McArthur, highlight garments made by students quoted below, and Joe Kline’s ghostly image of the community garment.

This year the Rubbish Renewed Elective at REALMS was a hectic blur of measurements, cutting, restarting, redoing, sketching, and stitching. All of us, in the elective, had the goal of making it to the runway. Finally, after hours of work and thought poured into every garment, the deadline for submissions had arrived. That day, everyone was fussing over this or that trying to find the perfect name and description for their garment. Even now that everyone’s submissions were in, the suspense wasn’t over. We waited and waited for the results to come by email on the 12th of December. After days of anticipation the wait was over, whether your submission made it or not we still had work to do. The community garment had yet to be started. Those whose submissions had made it in continued to mess with their designs until it was just right. Others worked and worked on the community garment featuring old calculators from the 6th grade math room.  All of the students in Rubbish Renewed had a delightful experience and are planning on making more trash fashion next year. Here are some comments that our students had:

  • rubbishrenewed-10“Waiting backstage was delightfully nerve wracking,” said student model and designer Becky Knight.
  • Ella Cook realized that anything can be reused to make something new. “I learned that almost everything that someone throws away can be used for something else.”
  • This year a group of REALMS students had the idea of creating outfits with a theme of the 4 seasons. They worked together to create some fabulous outfits. Lilah Beck,student designer and model of spring said, “I am most proud of the bond that I formed with my team. We helped each other make the garments come together to be the best they can be.” Another student designer and model, Violet Loftus of summer stated, “I used to think that trash was gross and that it should be thrown right into the trash but then I went to the show!”
  • Jaide Summers noticed that “It makes you aware of what to throw away and what to repurpose.”
Look for Galleries from last year’s show coming soon!

PHOTO SHOOT: looking ahead to the runway

4 weeks before garments need to be runway ready, on December 17th, a small group of designers, models and Rubbish Renewed volunteers gathered at Tambi Lane Photography for our pre-show photo shoot. Photographs are focused on Business Challenge participants, garments being donated to our live fundraising auction, and student garments (completed garments enter a lottery for the final few spaces).  The end result is to present you with a sneak peak of the richness to come. We couldn’t create this professional shoot without the wonderfully talented Bishops Barbershop’s masterful hair, and Mayra Stearn & Arenal Hruby makeup magic! Tambi Lane Photography not only contributes the sweet space, but once again, Tambi made the garments come alive in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

STUDENT GARMENTS – Click on the photo to link to the student garments

Fruity Tutui Designer/Model: Fiona Wright Material: fruit bags and netting, potato sacks, newspaper bags, flour sacks

Fruity Tutui
Designer/Model: Fiona Wright
Material: fruit bags and netting, potato sacks, newspaper bags, flour sacks

BUSINESS CHALLENGE – Click on the photo to link to the Business Challenge

Mt. Bachelor Designers: Andria Zippler, Denise Ellington, Sam Whitman, Stephanie Kirpach, Martha Jeffers Materials: old Mt.Bachelor trail map (wings), old banner that says, "snow", etc

Mt. Bachelor
Designers: Andria Zippler, Denise Ellington, Sam Whitman, Stephanie Kirpach, Martha Jeffers
Materials: old Mt.Bachelor trail map (wings), old banner that says, “snow”, etc

AUCTION GARMENTS –  Click on the photo to link to the auction garments

Put the Needle on the Record Designer: Mayra Stearns Materials: records, doilies, linens and sheet music

Put the Needle on the Record
Designer: Mayra Stearns
Materials: records, doilies, linens and sheet music

 

 

Get your tickets today at rubbishrenewed.com for one or both of our shows on January 14th at the Midtown Music Hall.

First show showcases Student Garments, Business Challenge, and our Live Auction Items.  Second show is 21 and over and highlights Adult Garments, Business Challenge, and our Live Auction Items.

 

Garment Submissions In!

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Mock up drawing from student submission

The Rubbish Renewed garment submission deadline has come and gone and we were blown away by the quality and quantity of submissions this year! The adult garment slots filled up with the most diverse designs yet. And we had almost 50 student submissions from 10 schools for only 20ish student spots. Decisions were tough for the jury, but found sticking to the criteria the way to narrow the field:

  • 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.

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Material manipulation from student submission

Every design met at least 2 of these criteria, but the ones that made the cut, focused on all.

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.