What to expect from a trash fashion show?!

What to expect from a trash fashion show?!

You’ve heard a lot about the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, but you have never been. You think this is the year for you, and you will finally get out on a winter night in January to see what this fantastic event is all about.  You wonder if it is worth the ticket price.

I am here to tell you it is!  The tickets are now on sale and we expect to sell out just like in yeas past.  Check out this 1 minute video from our 2015 show to see for yourself!

For each of the 2018 shows, you can expect to see 30+ garments on the runway made entirely of items destined to the landfill or items re-used in a stylistic fashion.

Tickets – www.rubbishrenewed.com


Garment Submission Deadline Friday, December 8th!

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.

Rubbish Renewed Community Garment Creation 2018 // Start Today.


The number of miles of new ribbon (more than enough to wrap around the planet – and tie a decorative bow, of course) that shoppers wouldn’t have to buy if every family in the country reused just two feet of trimmings from previous years.

The Rubbish Renewed Community Garment creation offers a place to take a personal step towards walking more lightly on the planet.  What will you do to generate less waste?  Consume less?  Ask yourself, “What one action can I take to lower my impact on the planet?”  Make a pledge.  Start today.  Come on down to Bishops Barbershop (130 NW Oregon Ave) on Friday, December 1st, during Bend’s First Friday event, to take a pledge on items destined for the landfill.  These items will be integral in the creation of the 2018 Community Garment, which will be featured prominently in the 8th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show at The Midtown Ballroom on January 18th, 2018.

Small Town – Inspiration is everywhere

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!

Application Paperwork here.


What are you creating? Submission Deadline 12/8/2017

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.

Create the 2018 Marketplace!

Create the 2018 Marketplace!!!

The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show is much more than just a fashion show!

The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser is a one night zero waste experience, emphasizing and educating about sustainable living and living lighter on the planet.  One of the ways we do this is through our Marketplace.

If you are an artist who creates products that are re-fashioned, made from trash, or products that purposefully keep trash out of the landfill, you would be a great fit for our Marketplace.

The Marketplace provides an opportunity to sell and “market” your work to an increased audience who recognize the value of sustainable fashion. The Marketplace will be open during both shows from 5:00-10:00pm.

You can find more details and the 2018 Marketplace Application HERE.

2017 Business Challenge Gallery Posted

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.

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.

6 YEARS: ReStore

4 YEARS: Wabi Sabi  

3 YEARS: Strictly Organic, Mt. Bachelor 

2 YEARS: Tambi Lane Photography,   Barrio,  Cosa Cura – Rescue Collective, Tozer Design,  Natural Edge Furniture

1 YEAR: The Environmental Center;  Utilitu Sew;  Old Ironworks Arts District; Sounds Fast;  Boneyard;  Sara Bella Upcycled; Spork;  Hydroflask;  Spa W;  Cuppa Yo;  Horned Hand;  Angelinas;  Athletic Club of Bend; Aspect Board and Brews; Gear Fix;  String Soil; The Makers District;  Brave Collective;  Sparrow Bakery; Sonic Solution,  Atlas Cider,  BBT Architects,  Bishops Barbershop,  Giant Loop,  The Moto Shop