Men and Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

When I first shared the idea with men I know, there was an undercurrent of grumblings, “fashion, that’s for women” . . . “Nothing there for me” . . . “Whatever” . . . That first year we suppressed these objections, focusing our time getting the event up and running. But by year 2, we realized how energized the men who came to the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show found themselves wrapped in the experience.

The event is creative, it’s edgy, using crazy materials to create visual splendor grounded in sustainability, worn by real people with personalities.  The “models” present an image revealed by merging aesthetics, vision, trash and action – living art.  It’s not a bunch of unrealistically, skinny-stiff bodies, wearing things that distort the women’s figure.

The spectacle of the runway is coupled with a unique Bend energy.  Local libations including beer from Boneyard, a brewery forged from beer rendering rubbish, Kombucha Mama, Crazy Dave’s Ginger Brew and Bend Distillery’s Crater Lake Vodka; cool music with sound from Sonic Solutions; a local artists, gallery-style marketplace, including the likes of Stuart Breidenstein’s jewelry, and Workhouse artists.

No matter what your impression of fashion, your ideas will be transformed by this forward-thinking event.  Hey guys don’t write this off.   Maybe next year you’ll even want to model on the runway.

Have you ever imagined . . .?

Necklaces, zipper pulls, and earrings are the creations made by “Just A Little Charm” out of copper salvaged from the old Bend Bulletin’s roof.

Bend, Oregon is an incredibly cool place to live.  Although the community has grown substantially since I moved here in 2000, it still has a small town feel.  Walking downtown, I always bump into someone I know eager to engage in a meaningful discussion.  People here not only hold “important” conversations, like how to make a difference in their community, they take action.  One approach comes from the willingness, no, eagerness to think about waste, and to do something about it in an ingenious way.  I’ve never met so many creative, capable, motivated and sustainably minded people in a small area (accept maybe Lopez Island – but that’s another story).

So have you ever thought about tiny speakers built into reused ALTOIDS tins?  Sculpted bowls formed from old records?  What about bold jewelry and accessories created from vintage Formica or salvaged roof copper?  These are just a smattering of the imaginative and well-crafted offerings available this year in the Marketplace at the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show on December 6th.  Check out these pieces for a taste of what’s to come.

N. Spekktor specializes in handmade treasures created from household items, journals, and old vinyl records.

Connect the Minty Blaster to the headphone jack on your portable music player and its built-in amplifier will provide a roomful of curiously strong, curiously hip mono sound.

Marketplace spaces are going quickly, so if you are interested, checkout the vendor submission info and grab a space before they’re gone.

Students in Rubbish Renewed 2011

Check out the burgeoning designers that graced our runway last year!  Middle school students and high school students showcased creative thought-provoking designs in the 2011 show.  Some used Rubbish Renewed to showcase their talents, while others used Rubbish Renewed as an opportunity to learn a new skill.

Through the new Mentorship Program with Allison Murphy of UtilituSEW, students used Wednesday afternoons to execute and implement their designs.   How to install a zipper, pleats, and thread a bobbin were some of the skills they learned.  Look for even more students in 2012 show.

Photos:  Paula Bullwinkle

“The Cat’s Meow” designed by Kaci Alderin, 6th grader and modeled by Taylor Alderin, 9th grader

“All Decked Out” designed by Casey Matthews; 6th grader and modeled by Ginger Mensing; 6th grader

Marina Eitel; an 8th grader (second from left) designed her “Sugar Loaded Sweet-Tooth” dress, fashioned from candy wrappers and other packaging materials.

Rubbish Renewed at the Bend Fall Festival

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Fall Fest Mainstage Runway

Paris in Allison Murphy’s Kiddy Pool Dress. Photo by Tambi Lane

Amazing day at the Bend Fall Festival!  Kids and adults alike, made pledges for a sustainable earth in tyvek “paper-cut”  snowflakes for the Rubbish Renewed Community Garment. And six garments from the 2011 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show were showcased on the main stage in a runway snapshot of talented clothing artists.

Olivia creating an ornament for the Community Garment. Photo by Karen Holm

If  you didn’t make it today, or even if you did, come out tomorrow (Sunday) for another day of fashion forward fun.  We’ll be on the main stage at 2:30 and our booth is open from 11-6pm.  Come create an ornament to symbolize your pledge for action and help spread the message on December 6th at the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, making a community shift for a better more environmentally conscious world.

Create the 2012 Community Garment

Designer: Karen Holm

How would you react to a friend  wearing a paper grocery-bag couture dress adorned with trash ornaments on a runway?  In 2010 this fashion-forward piece graced our runway, making an aesthetic statement for the environment. Conscientious residents of Bend created the Community Garment, making their often unconscious choices conscious by pledging to reduce their consumption and waste.  In 2011, we were inspired by the sterile hospital dressing that protects surgical instruments and is later tossed into our landfills.

Designer: Karen Holm

These are the types of fashion statements that don’t cost a lot of money, but move down the runway delivering a provocative message;  A clear message to rethink waste, our habits, and to decrease our impact on the planet.

This weekend Rubbish Renewed invites YOU to come out, rethink your habits, and make a pledge to decrease your consumption and waste.  Join us at Bend’s downtown Fall Festival to create the 2012 Community Garment. Find the Rubbish Renewed crew near the junction of Oregon & Wall in downtown Bend 11-5pm Saturday & Sunday.

My Home Town Inspiration

This week we solidified the date for this year’s Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show – December 6th!  With this in place, my trash-fashion-sense soared.  Suddenly surrounded by bicycle tubes, discarded zippers, old tape measures, and metal screen scraps . . . I can’t stop thinking about new designs.

Then today, in my inbox, I received an invite for a Trash-Fashion Show this Sunday in my old “home town,” Lopez Island.  Check out the poster.  Here’s to hoping some of you can make it,  but if not, I’ll post some inspirational photos next week.

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Lopez Island is a role model in sustainability. Whether keeping items out of the landfill or recycle bin, enriching the community with local food, providing access to housing, or teaching students about sustainable farming, Lopez, you’re the best!

Business Challenge Winner! | Rubbish Renewed

Congratulations to Panambi Elliott who designed this show-stopping number,  right down to the shoes from Cuppa Yo’s waste.  Elliott collected discarded yogurt cups and spoons from the trash, hand-cut the waste, and then fashioned it into the fabulous garment shown below.  Elliott’s design was one of six “Business Challenge” entries and won the first ever “Business Challenge” Award, decided by an audience vote. 

Photos:  Panambi Elliott


trash hand-cut by ElliottRunway Photos:  Paula Bullwinkle

designed by Panambi Elliot