The “Tentalizing” Tarpaulin By Karen Holm
“My years as a camper and staff member at Camp Nor’wester, helped establish the person I am today: a teacher; an adventurer; an activist. Blue tarps “laid the groundwork” for this piece. Remembering the years of tarp shelter building as a child, I literally dreamed this design. I fashioned this sophisticated gown from old blue tarps that had years of wear and tear with shredded holes rendering them useless for protection. Twining nearly 200 feet of ½” tarp strips, I knotted some into netting with sheet bends that form the bodice, and the rest I wove into the skirt to stiffen the panels that flow to the floor. More than 100 hours of twinning, netting, and weaving went into this dramatic red carpet ready piece.”
Karen teaches at REALMS. In her “spare time” she is an adventurer in the outdoors and in the trash fashion world. Creating auction pieces each year for the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, she has raised nearly $5000 from the sale of her pieces for education at REALMS. Karen’s pieces are in collections around the Northwest. Her trash fashion goal is to have her, Obama Sign Dress, in the collection of Michelle Obama.
Photos by Tambi Lane Photography.