We packed the house with over 400 people at each of our two shows, raising close to $14,000 for REALMS’ distinctive education including the arts. Thank you!!!
This year the show was elevated because of the quality and vision brought by 46 Central Oregon designers (23 of which were students from 9 schools including Highland, Amity, Tumalo Community School, REALMS, Cascade, High Desert, Bend High, Mtn. View, and Summit). We couldn’t have imagined the amount of support from the community with 21 Sponsors donating essential cash, beverages & services, 9 Business Challenge submission, 11 local vendors who also gave items to the silent auction, and 7 other silent auction contributing businesses. Finally our 60+ dedicated volunteers from organizers, models, clean-up crew and everything in between
With this fundraiser, our students will experience the art and skill of the design and printing processes with our new printing press and photo emulsion screen-printing equipment. They will deepen their sewing and design process with body forms, and continue to have opportunities outside the classroom to strengthen their learning and local community connections.
On behalf of the entire REALMS faculty, board of directors, and students, thank you again for your generosity and support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show relies upon parents, students, and staff! The following photos capture our mother/daughter duo who made their runway debut in 2011. Thanks Kerry and Vanessa for being a part of the show!
Kerry (left) modeled a dress made from reclaimed materials from Habitat for Humanities ReStore and designed by team a of designers, including Sophie Paez, Marianne Felner, and Stuart Breidenstein. Vanessa (right), a 6th grade student at REALMS, designed and modeled her dress made from old magazines.
Last December Bend’s event venue, the Century Center, hosted one of the most forward thinking, eco friendly, community events Central Oregon has witnessed. This spectacular show and fundraising event (est 2010) is organized and supported by creative, passionate, artistic, and environmentally-conscious people! LOTS of people. This post is the beginning of a series of posts featuring the talent behind the show.