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.
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.
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.
Project Runway has nothing on Bend Oregon’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. Top notch designers, dynamic models, creative styling, and expertly produced shows all create an event not to miss. Check out the photo gallery from last year’s adult designers and celebrate the diversity of style and creative manipulation of material destine for the landfill.
Look for the Business Challenge Gallery soon!
Click on image for 2017 adult runway gallery
MC Jessie Russell dons designer Karen Holm’s Rubbish Regeneration
Materials: previously created Strictly Organic Business Challenge vest from coffee bags re-purposed into skirt. Top from insulated lunch packs, coffee filter glasses.
Photo: Nick Kealey
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!
Fall, for me, kick’s off Rubbish Renewed season. I start eying trash, wondering how it moves, and thinking about shape and form. Get inspired by checking out Bulletin Photographer Joe Kline’s captivating images from our 2017 show. Look for last season’s show gallery postings in the next 2 weeks!
Photos by Joe kline/the Bulletin
2017 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show
Click image for Slideshow
ORIG 01/18/17 A model walks the runway during the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show on Wednesday evening at Midtown Ballroom in Bend. The event is an annual fundraiser for REALMS Magnet School in Bend. (Joe Kline/Bulletin photo)
The 8th Annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is on!
January 18, 2018
Last minute adjustments, makeup touch ups, models waiting in anticipation, the glow of a gladiator, a sense of movement, garments framed between audience members, these magical moments tell the story of the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. For a feel of the event, peruse last year’s photos through the point-of-view of Joe Kline, one of the talented photographers who captured Rubbish Renewed. Joe shares the atmosphere from behind the scenes, from a bird’s eye view, and on the ground. Link to the 2016 Joe Kline’s Magical Images gallery and get excited for the January 12th event!