Playing it Safe by Kelly Powell
“I always have some goals in mind when I design a dress for the Rubbish Renewed Show. Most importantly, I want to create a piece that is ‘wearable’ outside of the fashion show. I love to think that when people see something I’ve made they say to themselves, ‘I would totally wear that.’ Also, I don’t want fashion show attendees to automatically think of recycling when they see my dress. I’d rather they think that my piece is fun, cute, stylish, and then remember that it’s made from stuff I pulled out of the garbage.”
Playing it Safe was inspired by a designer’s version of a technique, where volume was produced by a web of organic sculptural shapes, almost 3-D printing-like. Kelly Powell used braided Safeway bags, which were sewn onto a base for a crewel affect.
“Coming up with an idea for the show each year allows me a creative outlet I enjoy. Between carpools, sport practices, and my part-time work at Bend Park and Recreation, there is little time left for my crafty side. I’m most happy when I’m involved with something creative. I can’t really say that I have a plan each year when dreaming up my next fashion show project. Sometimes I see the trash first, and find a way to work it into a piece. Other times, it’s the design of the dress that calls to me, and I find the garbage to make it happen. I’m always on the look out for vibrant colors, interesting textures, and unique features of trash. I never know when I will make the connection.”
Kelly creates chic wearable pieces. We, at Rubbish Renewed, feel honored to include her pieces in our fundraising auction.
Photos by Kelly Powell