Bouchons et en Plastique By Denise Oldridge
For this crocheted plastic grocery bag cocktail dress, Denise used nearly 400 bags. About 75 hours went into making this outfit. The attached wine corks create movement and textural interest giving the piece multiple dimensions.
“I became connected with Rubbish renewed when my daughter was asked to model for Karen Holm, 3 years ago. I became even more interested when I saw my daughter, Makeala, make her own outfit the next year out of coffee bags. Just seeing all the creative designs and the impact that can be made on our environment in a positive way inspires me. The outfit, I made last year, kept nearly 900 plastic bags out of our landfill. I hope to keep doing my part each year in one way or the other and hope to make others aware, so they too can help to improve our environment each day. The imagination and creativity that goes into making each outfit is incredible and I feel that each year, by having the fashion show, will inspire others to do their part.”
When not creating trash fashion, Denise works as a photographer, and enjoys the Bend lifestyle of skiing, hiking, camping and meeting friends for coffee. See her photography at www.reflectionsoftime.biz.
Photos by Tambi Lane Photography