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

 

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.

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

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